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Ibraaz April Newsletter

004 / 22 April 2013

This April Ibraaz officially launches its reviews section, with critical reflections on exhibitions in Dubai, Beirut, Sharjah, London, Hong Kong and New York by writers including Malu Halasa, Fawz Kabra, Nat Muller, and Sheyma Buali. In interviews, we are pleased to publish a conversation with Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian on the occasion of her survey exhibition in Dubai and, in a follow on from our Ibraaz Talks series launched at Art Dubai in 2013, a video interview between Omar Kholeif and Guy Mannes-Abott on drone fiction.



On Drones

Breaking Glass

Guy Mannes-Abbott talks to Omar Kholeif

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian in conversation with Stephanie Bailey

In this discussion between Omar Kholeif and Guy Mannes-Abott, the impact of drone warfare is explored through the imagining of a drone as a subjective being capable of feeling the world, as explored in the writing of Mannes-Abott.

On the opening day of a recent survey exhibition charting Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's career from 2004 to the present day at The Third Line in Dubai, Farmanfarmaian talks to Ibraaz about her life and work.

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Noise in the Courtyard


Nat Muller

Stephanie Bailey

Nat Muller reviews the Sharjah Biennial 11 Re:Emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography a complex affair with its merits and its drawbacks.

Stephanie Bailey reviews Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi's exhibition, Seep, an investigation into archives, currently on show at Chisenhale Gallery.

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A Steady Progress of Nothingness

Palestinian Ghettos in White Wall Galleries

Fawz Kabra

Sheyma Buali

Fawz Kabra reviews A Steady Progress of Nothingness, Basim Magdy's most recent solo exhibition, at Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York.

Sheyma Buali considers how Palestine has been a nation represented via exhibitions, resulting in a ghettoisation of works of art and a reductive framing to their narratives.

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The Magic of the State

No Place Like Home

Daniella Rose King

Malu Halasa

Daniella Rose King reviews The Magic of The State, an exhibition named after a book by Michael Taussig, currently on show at Lisson Gallery, London.

Malu Halasa reviews Refraction at P21 Gallery, a show that refracted perceptions, memories, representations and images of Palestine.

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Take Me to This Place, I want to do the memories


Nat Muller

Venus Lau

Nat Muller reviews an exhibition by Atfal Ahdath (Lebanese artists Raed Yassin, Vartan Avakian and Hatem Imamtheir) at Running Horse Contemporary in Beirut.

Venus Lau reviews a lecture and screening presented by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, curator of the National University of Singapore Museum at Para/Site Art Space.

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Evacuated Containers

An Unconventional Angle

Isabella Ellaheh Hughes

Dorothea Schoene

Isabella Ellaheh Hughes reviews Shadi Habib Allah's first solo exhibition at Dubai's Green Art Gallery, Evacuated Containers, a single piece, mixed-media installation.

Dorothea Schoene reviews Mario Rizzi's latest work, Al Intithar (The Waiting), which premiered in the short film competition at the Berlin Film Festival 2013.

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On 7th May, Ibraaz will launch Platform 005, one of the most ambitious platforms we have conducted to date. With original essays, interviews, and projects, this platform will enquire into how globalisation has affected visual cultures and artistic production across North Africa and the Middle East.


We will publish work by GulfLabor, Ahmad Zaatari, Walter Mignolo, Sara Giannini, and Hanan Toukan, amongst others, alongside exclusive interviews and original artist projects with artists and collectives including Visualising Palestine, Marwa Arsanios, Raed Yassin, Cynthia Zaven, Lasse Lau and Adelita Husni-Bey.


Ibraaz is also pleased to announce its partnership with Winchester School of Art in a two-day conference: '10 Years On: Art and Everyday Life in Iraq and Iran' to be held at The Mosaic Rooms in London, 7-8 June 2013. Ibraaz can confirm the participation of Wafaa Bilal, Jananne Al-Ani, Payam Sharifi, Rijin Sahakian, Omar Kholeif, and Adel Abidin, in a panel chaired by Ibraaz's editor Anthony Downey.


This will be followed by a second conference organised with SOAS and the London Middle East Institute in July. More details will follow in May.

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