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Ibraaz February Newsletter

008 / 26 February 2015

This month, Ibraaz publishes more Platform 008 content, focusing specifically on the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between North Africa, the Middle East and the  Global South. We present essays by Monira Al Qadiri, Natasha Ginwala and Hakan Topal, interviews with Aikaterini Gegisian and Sumesh Sharma, and projects by Basma Alsharif, Yogesh Barve & Clark House Initiative, Simohammed Fettaka & Basak Senova, and Nikolaj Bendix Sykum Larsen. We are also pleased to publish reports on Renzo Martens at the ICA (London) and Parviz Tanavoli at the Davis Museum (Massachusetts).



How Toshihiko Made Me Understand Islam

Monira Al Qadiri


'Who would have thought that the best translation ever to be conducted of the Qur'an was actually in Japanese?' Monira Al Qadiri examines a 1958 version of the Islamic holy book by Dr. Toshihiko Izutsu.

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Maps That Don’t Belong

Natasha Ginwala


Natasha Ginwala reconsiders the Global South as a politics of place where 'any perception of an origin is contingent upon circulatory flows of thought-models, materialities of liberation and civilizational intersections'.

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Hakan Topal


'My goal is in no way to criticize the art market,' writes Hakan Topal. 'It has been done many times before...[and] it is not the market but the dominance of the new market ideology that is the main problem.'

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No Boundaries

Aikaterini Gegisian in conversation with Stephanie Bailey


Aikaterini Gegisian talks about 008 project it is small, we like it this way, a fictional photo reportage comprised of image fragments of the Middle East, North Africa and the Global South.

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Alternate Geographies

Sumesh Sharma in conversation with Amanprit Sandhu


This conversation between curator Amanprit Sandhu and Sumesh Sharma from the Mumbai-based collective Clark House Initiative considers the use of DIY filmmaking techniques in reimagining the 'Global South'.

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Incidents of the Paradoxical Gaze

Yogesh Barve & Clark House Initiative


Conceived as a series of vignettes to be views in succession, Incidents of the Paradoxical Gaze comprises of short films, MMS footage, and collagd images presented on Snapchat.

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End of Dreams

Nikolaj Larsen


In May 2014, photojournalist Eva Gluszak Castagna documented the immersion of 48 sculptures that were part of Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen's project, End of Dreams in the bay of Pizzo Calabro, Calabria, South Italy.

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Les Voyages

Simohammed Fettaka & Basak Senova


This project by Basak Senova and Simohammed Fettaka while at Villa Romana, Florence, was produced as part of the project PAS DE DEUX: 5 x 2 x 2. Mediterranean dialogues, curated by Alya Sebti and Angelika Stepken.

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Deep Sleep II

Basma Alsharif


Deep Sleep II is a sound piece based on a brainwave generating binaural beats interwoven into field recordings from the Gaza Strip that invites an experience of being in multiple places at once.

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JAOU Tunis 2015



JAOU Tunis 2015, 28th–31st May. The Kamel Lazaar Foundation is pleased to announce the third annual celebration of arts and culture, JAOU Tunis 2015.

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Six Decades in the Making: Parviz Tanavoli

Shiva Balaghi


Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli discusses his first comprehensive US museum retrospective, Parviz Tanavoli at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, with one of the exhibit's curators, Dr. Shiva Balaghi.

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Culture Now: Renzo Martens at the ICA, London

Tom Snow


Tom Snow reflects on a talk by Renzo Martens at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, in December 2014.

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