The Great Hall Exhibition
Daniella Rose King reviews Walead Beshty's participation in The Great Hall Exhibition, a series of shows organized by MA students from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. 'Anachronism abounds...' she writes, 'each work in the exhibition is concerned with the production and dissemination of the image...from the LED screen,...
Medrar.TV is a Cairo-based <em>YouTube</em> channel presenting digital content that documents contemporary visual art, sound and music events, exhibitions, talks, performances and interviews across Egypt and the Arabic-speaking world. In this interview with Daniella Rose King, Medrar.TV's co-founder and writer Mai Elwakil talks about the beginnings of Medrar.TV, the technological...
Daniella Rose King reviews <em>Mouthfeel</em>, at Gasworks, London. This show, which weaves together a dismaying narrative around 'Big Food', is Maryam Jafri's first UK solo exhibition.
Where Are We Now?
Hicham Khalidi is Curator of the Visual and Sound Art Programme of the fifth edition of the Marrakech Biennale<em>, Where are we now?</em> In this interview, Khalidi discusses his curatorial framework; the historic venues that house the programme; and his experience of working in the Maghreb. Framing the biennial and...
Long ago, and not true anyway
In an unassuming shop front gallery in East London, nestled amongst convenience stores, boarded up commercial units and social housing, one will find <em>Long ago, and not true anyway</em> (5th September – 26th October 2013), a group exhibition at Waterside Contemporary. The gallery space's location in Hackney – one of...
Letter to a Refusing Pilot
In the summer of 1982, at the beginning of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, an Israeli Air Force pilot was ordered to bomb a structure on the edge of the Ain El-Helweh refugee camp in the southern city of Saida. The pilot saw from the cockpit that the target could...
Future Generation Art Prize 2013
The PinchukArtCentre's <em>Future Generation Art Prize</em> is an international accolade initiated by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, and seeks to identify, discover and support a future generation of artists, up to the age of 35. The second edition, which took place in 2012, awarded the Main Prize to British...
Welcome to Iraq and Otherwise Occupied
Daniella Rose King considers two contributions to the 55th Venice Biennale by two rabic speaking nations with separate trajectories of contemporary art production, and whose names conjure memories of international interference, occupation and conflict. For King, <em>Welcome to Iraq</em>, and <em>Otherwise Occupied</em>, the titles of the Iraq and Palestinian exhibitions...
Trade Routes / Conflicted Memory
Two recent exhibitions, just a stone's throw from each other in London's West End, presented a selection of artists with overlapping social intents and geographies. Hauser and Wirth's <em>Trade Routes</em> (3rd May - 27th July) featured 15 artists, and took Antiquity paths from east to west as their rationale for...
Birds Eye View Festival 2013
This year's Birds Eye View Festival (3rd - 10th April, with a special preview event for International Women's Week on 8th March) brought us a series of features, documentaries, short films, panel discussions and director Q&As, as well as silent films with commissioned live scores. Under the subtitle 'Celebrating Arab...
The Magic of the State
Among the varied and multiple interpretations of the recent, global upending of society and politics, the role of magic is one idea not heard often. Yet, it was almost two decades ago, in 1997, when anthropologist Michael Taussig brought his work of surreal, ethnographic fiction <em>The Magic of the State</em>...
Can Artistic Practices Negotiate the Demands of Cultural Institutions, Public Space, and Civil Society?
The two-year-old MASS Alexandria, founded by artist Wael Shawky in the working-class neighbourhood of Miami in east Alexandria, Egypt, aims to create a space for the production and dissemination of ideas and debates concerning contemporary visual culture. Apart from displaying and encouraging the consumption of art through exhibitions, it creates...
March Meeting 2012 Report
The 5th Annual March Meeting, organised by the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF), chose this year to focus on issues pertaining to residencies and commissions, particularly with regard to artists and audiences, and especially when this takes place in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa & South Asia) region. In SAF...