Whitechapel Gallery (Londres): « Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II »

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Imperfect Chronology: Mapping the Contemporary II

 

23 August 2016 – 8 January 2017

Lien: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/barjeel-art-foundation-contemporary-ii/

 

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The All Hearing, 2014. Video, 12:42 minutes. Image courtesy Galeri NON and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The All Hearing, 2014. Video, 12:42 minutes. Image courtesy Galeri NON and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

 

Etel Adnan, Champs de Petrol (Petrol Fields), 2013, Image courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Barjeel Art Foundation

Etel Adnan, Champs de Petrol (Petrol Fields), 2013, Image courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Barjeel Art Foundation

 

 

The display Imperfect Chronology: Mapping the Contemporary II focuses on the theme of mapping geographies, examining the notion of statehood and exploring how artists engage with the rapidly expanding cities of the Arab region.

 

Drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection of modern and contemporary Arab art, this is the final display in a year-long series at the Whitechapel Gallery.

 

Artists featured include Lawrence Abu HamdanEtel AdnanMarwa Arsanios, Ali Cherri, Manal Al Dowayan, Sadik Al Fraji, GCC Collective,Susan Hefuna, Iman Issa, Jumana MannaSophia Al-Maria and Zineb Sedira.

 

In Proposal for a Crystal Building (2003), Iman Issa (b. 1979) imagines a shimmering and fragile glass monument for Tahrir Square in Cairo, while Jumana Manna (b. 1987) appropriates a limestone porch from disputed territories in East Jerusalem, re-contextualising it in the gallery.

 

A large abstract tapestry by Etel Adnan (b. 1925) and a series of photographs by Zineb Sedira (b. 1963) reveal the intricate networks and trade routes that make up the global oil and sugar industries.

 

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