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Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet, Berlin, freut sich darüber, Sie zu der Eröffnung ihrer 7. Ausstellung einzuladen:
DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS
Zeitgenössische Kunst aus dem Nahen Osten
ERÖFFNUNG: Freitag, 20. September 2013 - 18 bis 21 Uhr
STANDORT: Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet, Potsdamer Straße 81b, 10785 Berlin
LAUFZEIT: vom 20. September bis 14. Dezember 2014
Halim Al Karim
Dhafer Al Shehri
IRAN IRAQ KUWAIT MOROCCO SAUDI ARABIA
Diese Ausstellung zeigt zeitgenössische Fotos und Papierarbeiten aus dem Nahen Osten, alle davon teilen die Gemeinsamkeit des Schleiers – ein Streitpunkt nicht nur im Westen, sondern auch im Nahen Osten.
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Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Dance of the Seven Veils
to the beheading of St. John the Baptist
Salome. Interestingly, this tale has antecedents both in the Old Testament and in Assyrian
and Babylonian religions, thus
revealing a connection between
the West and the Middle
East, an undercurrent of the exhibition itself.
As the title suggests, it’s all about the veil
a controversial topic not just in the Middle East,
but also in the West. One need only think of the re
cent clash between Muslim protesters
and riot police
in a Paris suburb after attempts were made to fine a woman for wearing a
full Islamic veil.
Or one need only recall any number of incidents in the Middle East where
called religious police beat women
wearing the veil.
But the veil is just the tip of the iceberg. This article of clothing has become a symbol of
the right to drive,
appear without a male relative in public,
question of the
veil reveals gender issues
even as it
conceals the female form.
is to be a catalyst for contemplation and a platform for artists of significant
merit. Consistent with our commitment to relevancy and dialogue, we have chosen works
Dance of the Seven Veils
which are both contemporary and provocative but which, in
the final analysis, transcend their anecdotal and historical content. It is this quality of
transcendence that distinguishes, for example,
a photograph from a photographic
art. When form overtakes content, craft becomes art, and
timeless. Or to
put it another way, as a colleague art dealer once said, 'Subject matter is only an excuse
to make a great work of art.'
Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet sought to stimulate a dialogue
between Modern and Contemporary a
rt through works drawn primarily from the
tradition. But the world is changing
and drawing closer
thanks to the Internet and social
media. So, we choose to be an active thread in that
we have broadened our
the connection between Contemporary art from the West and the Middle East.
In fact, we see these two
spheres as one:
West, stretching from the Arabian Gulf and the Levant to Berlin, Paris and London, and on
to New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Dance of the Seven Veils
pulls on that thread, first sewn in the
featured the works of Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem and launched his Amen Art
Foundation. The Foundation went on to the Venice Biennal
e this year, where Abdulnasser
Dhafer Al Shehri, one of the artists featured here.
Halim Al Karim, b. 1963, Iraq
underwent a harrowing experience during the first Gulf War. Opposing
Saddam’s regime and its compulsory military service, he took to hiding in the desert, living
for almost three years in a hole in the ground covered by a pile of rocks. He survived only
through the assistance of a Bedouin woman who brought him food and water and taught
him about gypsy customs and mysticism. Understandably, these events have had a profound effect on his life and form the basis for his art practice.
Halim Al Karim now lives
and works in Dubai and Denver, Colorado.
Halim Al Karim has held many solo exhibitions
in Dubai, Paris, Holland, the USA, Jordan, and Lebanon. He was nominated for the 2010
Sovereign Art Prize and was awarded the jury prize in the International Cairo Biennale in Egypt.
Al Karim was one of six artists whose work was featured at the Iraqi Pavilion
at the 54th
Venice Biennale, the first Iraqi Pavilion in 36 years. His work is in the collections
of major museums, including the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art in Doha, the Victoria
& Albert Museum in London, the Saatchi Collection in London, Darat Al Funun in Amman,
L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
Dhafer Al Shehri, b. 1979, Saudi Arabia
Winner of numerous international photography prizes, young Saudi street photographer
Dhafer Al Shehri lives and works in Riyadh. His keen eye for composition and social
commentary, and in particular his depiction of traditional subjects in modern contexts, are
the trademarks of his work, which bears witness to the transition of Saudi society from the old to the new.
Amira Behbehani, b. 1964, Kuwait
borrows her themes largely from herself, her attachments and her
thoughts in the thousands, waiting to be delivered to life. Inspired by Krishnamurthy,
Eastern philosophy, Omar Khayyam and Rumi, her semi-abstract works speak in a vocabulary of intimate emotions. The lines act as a connection between the inner and
outer worlds of this artist. 'It starts with a line,' she says.
Shadi Ghadirian, b. 1974, Iran
Shadi Ghadirian was born shortly before the Iranian Revolu
tion. She was
one of the first to
graduate in photography from the University of Azad, which had been closed during the
early ‘80’s after the Revolution. While she was at the University,
she encountered some of
the earliest works in the history of Iranian
photography. These archival images
stiffly positioned with their own
sparked her own work, a series of
photographs known as the 'Qajar Series,' that capture the private worlds of a conflicted
generation of Iranian women today, caught
in the cultural crossfire of the hyper
Western world and the comparatively stultified environment of their homeland. The
paradoxical intrusion of the cont
emporary, in the guise of objects
usually Western in
origin, smuggled into the country, ranging from Pepsi cans to boom boxes wonderfully
articulates the schizophrenic nature of life in Iran.
The Hidden World of Shadi Ghadirian from The Kitchen Sisters on Vimeo
Abdulnasser Gharem, b. 1973, Saudi Arabia
is one of
the most significant Saudi artist of his generation. A
pioneering conceptual artist and Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi army, Abdulnasser
has consistently challenged existing modes of artistic practice in the isolated,
rapidly changing Saudi cultural landscape.
The different strands within his
photography, video, painting, sculpture and performance. At the core of Abdulnasser
Gharem’s work is a negotiation between paving the way for progress (both artistically and
socially) and maintaining a connection with Saudi heritage. His desire to preserve and
build upon traditional art forms rather than break with the past is a radical
gesture in the
the recent history of Western Contemporary art. Though frequently reflecting on
and questioning sensitive issues, his work maintains a respect for history, and the
influence of his military role can be felt with references to auth
ority and use of established
symbols of power and bureaucracy. Abdulnasser Gharem’s role in developing an audience
for conceptual art within
Saudi Arabia has been pivotal.
He has exhibited in Europe, the
Gulf and the USA, including at Martin Gropius
Bau and at the Venice, Sharjah and Berlin
Biennales. He made history when his installation Message/Messenger sold for a world
record price at auction in Dubai, establishing
Gharem as the highest
- selling living Gulf Artist.
Majida Khattari, b. 1966, Morocco
As a political artist,
Khattari brings together art, fashion and religion in a way that is
at once spectacular and antagonistic. The psychoanalyst Fethi Benslama
, who is a
specialist on Islam in the West, writes in an article on her work, 'It is an approach which,
while directed towards one of the most burning aspects of Islam, has managed to create a
bridge between the situation of the woman as a theologico
political issue and the
contemporary language of the visual arts ... a bridge between a system of repression of
the female body and the system of fashion.'
In addition to the clothing sculptures, which
she presents in fashion show performances,
Khattari also works with photography
and video installations.
Tahmineh Monzavi, b. 1988, Iran
Tahmineh Monzavi studied photography at Tehran's Azad Art University and has been doing social documentary photography for the last five years. Her photography addresses social issues. She hasn't limited herself to photography, and since 2009, she has been making documentary films as well. In 2011, she earned the first prize of the prestigious Sheed Award, an independent, non-profit and non-governmental photography award that goes annually to a social documentary photographer, the only competition in Iran to have International members of the jury, as well as leading Iranian photographers. The year Tahmineh Monzavi won the award distinguished Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam and internationally acclaimed Iranian photographers Manoocher Deghati and Hossein Fatemi were members of the jury.
Shirin Neshat, b. 1957, Iran
One of the most important artists of
widely acclaimed for her extraordinary
video installations and photographs, Shirin Neshat
confronts the complexities of identity,
gender and power to express her own vision that embraces the depth of Islamic tradition
and Western concepts
of individuality and liberty
through visual metaphor and compelling
She was born and raised in Iran but moved to the United States in 1974 after high
school to study art. When the Islamic Revolution overtook her homeland in 1979, she was
could not return until 11 years later to a country that bore little resemblance to
the one she had left. Shirin Neshat dealt with her displacement by trying to untangle the
ideology of Islam through art. The result was a seminal photographic series called Women
1997). In 1996, Shirin Neshat began to explore the medium of film as a
means to address these cultural struggles with a clarity that makes them universally poetic.
She produced a trilogy of split
screen video installations, including
(2000), all three of which focus on the male/female dynamic in
Islamic societies. She was awarded the Golden Lion for
at the 1999 Venice
Biennale. She also won the Director’s Prize at the 2009 Venice Biennale for her film
Women Without Men
and served on the International Jury for the 2013 Berlinale.
in New York City.