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Tarek Al Ghoussein, Untitled 3

Tarek Al Ghoussein, Untitled 3 (Self-Portrait series) 2002-2003, chromogenic print [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 20-Sep 15] Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai

Safar/Voyage

Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver BC – Apr 20-Sep 15, 2013

Y.Z. Kami, Konya

Y.Z. Kami, Konya (2007), iris-printed photographs with oil painting on paper [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 20-Sep 15] Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, New York. Photography by Robert McKeever

Safar/Voyage is a group exhibition of paintings, sculptures, video and audio installations by 16 prominent artists from the Middle East. With themes of war, revolution and migrant conditions, the Arab, Iranian and Turkish artists in Safar/Voyage depict everyday realities and the politics of living in their respective regions.

The curator, Fereshteh Daftari, describes the work as delving into “the multifaceted ideas of voyage, ranging from border crossing, war, migration, and exile to philosophical positions regarding life itself as a voyage.” He sees the exhibition as an opportunity to challenge what are often simplified and misrepresented ideas about burning issues of global concern. Rather than exoticizing the life and realities of the people, the artists present visual commentaries on contemporary issues and offer their own personal, political, philosophical and spiritual perceptions on universal issues of access and stability.

In conjunction with the five-month exhibit, MOA will host a series of special events, including lectures, speaker panels and concerts, such as the MOA Global Dialogue: Nomadic Aesthetics and The Importance of Place, sponsored by Wesbild Holdings, and The Hassan & Nezhat Khosrowshahi Distinguished Lecture series.

Mia Johnson

Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Untitled 1

Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Untitled 1 (Self-Portrait series) (2002–3), chromogenic print [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 20-Sep 15] Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai

Ali Banisadr, The Merchants

Ali Banisadr, The Merchants (2009), oil on linen [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 20-Sep 15] Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Private collection, London. Photography by Jeffrey Sturges

Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot

Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot (2006), stainless steel and neon tube [Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver BC, Apr 20-Sep 15] Courtesy of the Rennie Collection, Vancouver. Photography by SITE Photography


 Thu, Apr 4, 2013