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PALEST’[IN] & OUT

juin 27, 2018

L’ART CONTRE L’OUBLI
27 juin 19H00
INSTITUT DES CULTURES D’ISLAM (LA GOUTTE D’OR)

« L’Art : résistance contre l’oubli en exil » traite de l’un des aspects critiques de la projection des Palestiniens sur leur propre société lors d’une rencontre avec l’artiste visuel Palestinien Abderahman Katanani (Sabra, Liban), modérée par Rasha Salah, Directrice de la Fondation Dar el-Nimer pour les arts et la culture (Beyrouth, Liban).

« الفن: مقاومة النسيان في المنفى » يتعامل مع أحد الجوانب الحاسمة في نظرة الشعب الفلسطيني لمجتمعه من خلال مقابلة مع الفنان البصري الفلسطيني عبد الرحمن قطناني (صبرا، لبنان)، يقوم بتيسير الجلسة رشا صلاح، مديرة دار النمر للفن والثقافة (بيروت، لبنان) حيث ستكشف هذه الجلسة النقاب عن أعمال قطناني بينما تستطلع أعماله والطرائق التي يتبعها لكل مشروع.

Organisée dans le cadre de la troisième édition du festival organisée par l’Institut Culturel Franco-Palestinien du 22 au 30 juin 2018 à Paris, la conférence s’empare de thématiques courageuses
et inattendues. Qu’il s’agisse des racines africaines de la Palestine, de décoloniser les esprits à travers l’architecture et le design, d’envisager un Etat commun, de considérer l’espace intime des femmes en camps de réfugiés ou de refuser de s’identifier selon son appartenance sexuelle, ce sont les sujets qui ont été soulevés par les artistes de cette nouvelle édition 2018. Non par provocation, mais parce que les artistes sont les amplificateurs d’une société dont l’image, reflétée par les médias est terriblement simpliste.

Quelles sont les préoccupations de la jeunesse palestinienne d’aujourd’hui ? Quelle projection de la société s’en font les artistes ? Comment aider ces« grands témoins » dans leur démarche, dans leur développement artistique ? L’ambition de l’Institut Culturel Franco-Palestinien (ICFP) depuis sa création en 2012 est de bouleverser les clichés et de rendre au public français une image de la création palestinienne plus cohérente avec la réalité.

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2 things you missed at Dark Mofo – A JOURNEY TO FREEDOM and SHAUN GLADWELL

juin 25, 2018

1. TMAG’s provocative prison exhibition

The good news about this exhibition is that it’s open until July 29 – so both you and Mike Parr still have plenty of time to get along. A Journey to Freedom is at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and features local and international artists exploring issues of incarceration from all different perspectives – from immigration detention to Aboriginal deaths in custody and Tasmania’s violent penal colony past. It’s a fairly small exhibition, but some of the works are hugely impactful, including Jean-Michel Pancin’s installation, which includes a prison door from the notorious ‘Pink Palace’ Risdon Prison and a concrete slab marking out a cell.

2. Shaun Gladwell’s VR trip around the world

Shaun Gladwell’s ‘Orbital vanitas’ is also part of A Journey to Freedom, although its links to incarceration are a little vague. But it’s still one of the most effective artistic virtual reality experiences we’ve seen. You start floating in space, high above the Earth, while a dark skull floats toward you. You end up taking a brief tour of the inside of the skull, staring down through the eye-holes at the Earth below. It’s dark, confronting but a surprisingly peaceful way to spend seven minutes.

And for Mike Parr, after 72 hours underground, seeing the expanse of the whole universe might be a welcome change.

Ben Neutze travelled to Hobart as a guest of Dark Mofo.

Dark Mofo is in Hobart until June 24, but there’s plenty to do in the Tasmanian capital all year-round. Read our guide to Hobart.


It’s virtually the future of film making for Shaun Gladwell

Shaun Gladwell calls virtual reality « an empathy machine » for the way it can immerse viewers in characters’ lives much more than a traditional film.

The acclaimed Australian artist is using his latest work in the format, Storm Riders, to show the lives of two young Muslim women who love skateboarding. It’s a defiant expression of their individuality after growing up with bullying and prejudice in London.

Director Shaun Gladwell with Channee Shah (left) and Farhana Hussain who appear in the film Storm Surfers at Bondi Beach.

Photo: Photo: Ashley Mar/SBS, BADFAITH and Anna Schwarz Gallery

And in keeping with his belief in virtual reality, Gladwell has a unique suggestion for an interview about the film and the VR program he has co-curated at the 65th Sydney Film Festival, which opens with the New Zealand comedy The Breaker Upperers on Wednesday night.

Both Gladwell in London and this reporter in Sydney will wear virtual reality headsets and meet in what’s called the metaverse.

Virtual reality interview between London-based video artist Shaun Gladwell, with a wooden puppet as an avatar, and reporter Garry Maddox in Sydney.

Inside a Mexican-themed online world, we will both be represented by avatars: Gladwell will be a wooden puppet (« old school Pinocchio » he calls it) and his team has chosen a futuristic cyborg crossed with a Power Ranger for me. And a – virtually – unique experience it turns out to be.

After we both arrive in a colourful Day of the Dead landscape and digitally shake hands – as other avatars zip around – Gladwell explains why he believes VR is the future.

« It’s interesting in terms of just the possibilities on a whole lot of levels, » he says. « Not only … looking at what happens visually with a story but also the idea that you can just change people’s perspective and somehow embody a space and a place. »

Gladwell, who has had his virtual reality works acquired by the National Gallery of Australia and screen at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, wanted to help Chadnee Shah and Farhana Hussain tell their stories after one approached him for advice as he skateboarded in a London park.

« What unfolded was a friendship and at some point during those first few months it seemed possible that we could make a work together, » he says. That project delves into the « Islamophobia » they faced after the terrorist attacks in England last year.

Gladwell gave the duo small VR cameras so they could film their lives, firstly in London then on a visit to Sydney to skate at Bondi Beach, where he shot the acclaimed video Storm Sequence in 2000.

While some see VR as having a future as a shared experience in cinemas as it evolves, Gladwell is happy with viewers wearing headsets for an individual experience.

« I do like the idea that these headsets that we’re wearing can lock us into a beautiful, sometimes terrifying solitary experience and that can be used creatively, » he says.

On a rainy Sydney night, digital Mexico is a colourfully diverting place to meet a filmmaker.

Shaun Gladwell with Chadnee Shah (left) and Farhana Hussain at Bondi Beach during filming for Storm Surfers.

Photo: Jenny Song Schmidt/SBS, BADFAITH and Anna Schwarz Gallery

The VR program at the festival, which Gladwell has curated with Leo Faber, includes shorts on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, NASA astronaut training, Greenland’s melting glaciers, Aboriginal dances, Yazidi women fighting ISIS and a game of backyard cricket at night.

RECONSTRUCTING EDEN IN HUNGARY

juin 19, 2018

International Video Art Review
19 June – 2 September 2018
ArtMill – 2000 Szentendre, Bogdányi utca 32, Hungary

With video works by
Janet Biggs (focus artist), Ursula Biemann, Shaun Gladwell, Ali Kazma, Clare Langan,
Violaine Lochu, Gianluigi Maria Masucci, Miguel Angel Ríos, Frank Smith

Curators: Paul Ardenne and Barbara Polla

A French and a Swiss curator – Paul Ardenne, art historian and author of an authoritative work on the art of the Anthropocene epoch, and Barbara Polla, writer and initiator of an Environment and Health Program of the University of Geneva – have been organizing yearly video reviews since 2011 for showcasing the most progressive works of video art. This year, exceptionally, the event is held in Hungary, within the framework of Art Capital. In terms of thematics, the works share in common references to the relationship between the natural and built environments, to the global effects of human interventions, as well as to the memory of Paradise Lost and the idea of creating a new Eden.

We are urged to imagine a sustainable, beautiful, inviting world: to reconstruct Eden and a post-human way of being in the world.
Bienvenue au Paradis !

To know more, click here and here.

Curiosités contemporaines ce soir au salon Salo VI

juin 14, 2018

Vernissage jeudi 14 juin de 18h à 22h.
Parution et distribution d’un hors-série Point Contemporain qui sera présenté et vendu en exclusivité sur le salon du dessin érotique SALO VI du 15 au 18 juin inclus au 111 boulevard de Ménilmontant Paris 11e.

Inspiré de No one may ever have the same knowledge again

Lee Yanor in both Paris and Tel-Aviv, same day, same time…

juin 13, 2018

In Tel Aviv:


In Paris :

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

juin 8, 2018

Image ABC: Catherine Zengerer

 

Here is the link to the Leon Compton, ABC Radio interview with Barbara Polla, Sam Wallman and Mary Knights. Also, the exhibition was covered in a Mercury online story.

Human history, worldwide, is characterized by an unending duality between imprisonment and freedom, and our humane Journey to Freedom is far from at an end, we have yet a long way to go. We still are prisoners of a mindset, as written by Rob White, professor of Criminology at the University of Tasmania, who states that to achieve a better outcome of punishment in the Australian context, the best place for the offender is in the community – in our community, and may be in the community of art, too.

Art is one essential freedom. It is the light behind the door, the last image you will see, by mounir fatmi, all the way back in the Argyle galleries; it is the hand of Jhafis Quintero, reaching to the sun, the image that was chosen to communicate the exhibition.

So let’s all throw our harmless axes, high towards freedom, following the example of French artist Rachel Labastie, aiming high for freedom, for art and for life.

Freedom forever! with Janet Biggs, Nicolas Daubanes, mounir fatmi, Shaun Gladwell, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Ali Kazma, Rachel Labastie, Ricky Maynard, Robert Montgomery, Jean-Michel Pancin, Jhafis Quintero and Sam Wallman.

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A JOURNEY TO FREEDOM

juin 6, 2018



« Human history, worldwide, is characterized by an unending duality between imprisonment and freedom, and our humane Journey to Freedom is far from an end. The attempts to conduct our lives as Journeys to Freedom are endless, whether we consider our freedom as a way to live our lives or whether we consider it as a virtual expression of an ideal. Sometimes, even prisons may host such journeys to freedom from within.

Art is one essential freedom. Jhafis Quintero, who became an artist while in jail for ten years, states that: “Creation is indispensable to the inmates’ survival”. Creating – no matters what – is indispensable to survive incarceration in the most constrained conditions: this is also what Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige tell us in their film Khiam 2000-2007. May be creating is indispensable for everybody’s survival. Any exploration of imprisonment may be per se a journey to freedom and exhibitions on “art & prison” are one possible way to promote freedom, inasmuch such exhibitions always lead us to reflect on the binomial freedom/imprisonment.

“A Journey to Freedom” is first of all an artistic statement. Artists chosen for the exhibition are so for the artistic power and beauty of their works. The exhibition “A Journey to Freedom” brings together both renowned artists who have been working on imprisonment and younger ones for which imprisonment is the essential theme. The exhibition aims to get the viewers into a state of openness, to stimulate them thinking about their own imprisonments, the history of jails and the current worldwide status of imprisonment/jailing. This exhibition requires the viewers to take and give their time to the images. The time given will not be a loss, but a gain of insight.

Along these lines, “A Journey to Freedom” proposes many moving images: videos/films in the exhibition will necessarily require «viewing with time». Indeed, video – as stated by Pier Paolo Pasolini when talking about cinema – is as much a philosophical investigation as a visual and a linguistic one. It provides not only images, but an “environment”, (Sean Capone) that permits us to think of the world differently. Video art is also the most contemporary artistic medium of our time as it goes with the uninterrupted flow of moving images that submerge us. But video art opposes the flow of images and time, resists the tide and forces it to stop; it is the backflow, the creative counter-flow from the moving images. Video art generates a contemplative time, one of immersion and offers a unique new space-time. Video art is an art of resistance and freedom. »

Barbara Polla

With Janet Biggs, Nicolas Daubanes, mounir fatmi, Shaun Gladwell, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Ali Kazma, Rachel Labastie, Ricky Maynard, Robert Montgomery, Jean-Michel Pancin, Jhafis Quintero, Sam Wallman.

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