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The Armory Show 2015

4 - 8 MARCH, 2015

THE ARMORY SHOW
5-8 March 2015
FOCUS: ​MENAM  

Booth no. 534

A curated presentation of Yazan Khalili, Mounir Fatmi and Rashed Al Shashai with Oraib Toukans' The New(er) Middle East as a special project. Our presentation aims to stimulate conversations around the contested visual identity of an expanded and disputed, imagined and real Middle East in direct relation to this platform in New York and local audiences. We really want to connect the booth with our work on Culturunners (Edge Of Arabia) and our geographical journeys from the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia in 2002 to New York City in 2015.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

MOUNIR FATMI

Born in 1970 in Tangier, Morocco, Fatmi lives and works between Paris and Tangier. The focus of his work is varied, but notions of deconstructing ideologies and religious dogmas, as well as death and consumption are common themes. He works in film and video installation, drawing, painting and sculpture. Fatmi constructs visual spaces and linguistic games. His work deals with the desecration of religious objects, deconstruction and the end of dogmas and ideologies. He is particularly interested in the idea of death of the subject of consumption. This can be applied to antenna cables, copier machines, VHS tapes, and a dead language or a political movement.

YAZAN KHALILI 

Born in 1981, Khalili lives and works between Palestine and Amsterdam. Khalili graduated with a Masters degree from Goldsmith’s College, University of London (2010). He works in various media; video, photography and drawings. These works are accompanied by lucid and engaging texts reflecting upon and mediating this visual output. The artworks are broad interactions with the notion of landscape in a Palestinian context and a refusal to depict the Israeli-built wall. They form a critical strand in the work of this pioneering Palestinian artist.

ORAIB TOUKAN

Born in 1977, Toukan heads the Arts Division at Al Quds Bard College, Palestine. Toukan also graduated from Bard College with an MFA in Photography under a full Jacob Javitz Fellowship. Her works often look to unpack historiographic absurdities specific to exhibition making using discreet institutional interventions.  Since 2011 she has been researching, restoring, digitizing and remaking works from a found collection of 900 film reels from former soviet cultural centers in Jordan. Among these films are early productions for past members of the Palestine Film Unit, the filmic arm of the PLO. 

RASHED AL SHASHAI

Born in 1977, Al Shashai holds a Master of Visual Arts degree. His artwork utilises found objects and appropriated imagery as conceptual means of pinpointing the aesthetics of the everyday, creating what he describes as a ‘semantic field’ through which philosophical questions, primarily the purpose of human existence and the functions of society, can be explored. With a playful sense of the uncanny, Al Shashai seeks to engage viewers with the signs and forms of the mundane in order to facilitate a consideration of what might otherwise create tension, such as the omnipresence of media, a global descent into superficiality, and the growing epidemic of apathy that has come to define modern life. 

The Armory Show Focus: MENAM

ART JAMEEL AND EDGE OF ARABIA SERVE AS EDUCATION PARTNER AND LEAD CULTURAL PARTNER OF THE ARMORY SHOW 2015 FOCUS: MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN (MENAM) COLLABORATION INCLUDES THE PRESENTATION OF SPECIAL PROJECTS BY MIDDLE EASTERN ARTISTS AT THE ARMORY SHOW 2015 AND A DEDICATED FOCUS: MENAM SYMPOSIUM

Drawing upon their extensive history as an impetus for cross-cultural dialogue, Art Jameel and Edge of Arabia will serve as Education Partner and Lead Cultural Partner of The Armory Show 2015’s Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (MENAM) from March 4-8, 2015. Curated by Omar Kholeif, Focus: MENAM will examine contemporary cultural and artistic practices from across the MENAM region, reflecting the region’s diversity and dynamism through a series of curated presentations, site specific projects and a dedicated symposium. Art Jameel will serve at the Education Partner for Focus: MENAM, reflecting its long-term commitment to nurturing artists careers and supporting a better understanding of contemporary Middle Eastern art and culture. In this capacity Art Jameel will collaborate on the presentation of the Focus: MENAM Symposium on March 7-8, 2015 and participate in the Open Forum talks on March 5-6, 2105. As Lead Cultural Partner, Edge of Arabia will partner with Art Jameel to present site-specific projects at The Armory Show, exploring the interconnected stories that link ideas and communities across physical and psychological borders. 

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EOA.Projects booth 534


Viewers at the fair interact with Oraib Toukans 'New(er) Middle East'


Viewers at the fair interact with Oraib Toukans 'New(er) Middle East'


Rashed Al Shashai with his work 'Shortcut' at at the booth


EOA.Projects booth 534


View of (left) Rashed Al Shashai, Islamic World and (right) Oraib Toukan, New(er) Middle East


(Special Project) Oraib Toukan, The New(er) Middle East, 2007, Interactive puzzle; magnet, plastic, iron sheets, dimensions variable, panel length 6 m


Mounir Fatmi, Technologia, 2010, Video Installation,15 min, SD, 4/3, B&W, Stereo


Yazan Khalili, Regarding Distance (diptych), 2010, 35 mm Negative / Diasec mounted Light jet print on Kodak Premier Paper, 148 x 214.5 cm


Rashed Al Shashai, Shortcut, 2015, Acrylic and LED lights, 80 x 230 cm


Rashed Al Shashai, The Islamic World, 2015, Paper cutter templates component of wood and special knives, 89 x 130 cm

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