Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) will present Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia, an exhibition that includes works that investigate the Aesthetic of Funk. The opening will take place on October 26, 2013 at 6.30pm in Building F at SAF Art Spaces.
Curated by Shannon Ayers Holden, this exhibition is an exploration of the radical power of transformation, the theme of transcendence and the presentation of a new world material culture as seen through the works of three artists from the African Diaspora: American textile artist Xenobia Bailey, Moroccan-born photographer and designer Hassan Hajjaj and British Trinidadian filmmaker and sculptor Zak Ové. Each artist has a shared ancestral link to the continent of Africa, which provides them fertile ground to address issues of identity, belonging and community.
The Aesthetic of Funk is an underlying theme in Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia and is fundamental to the work of all three artists. Each artist explores how the prisms of duality and multiculturalism repossess their view of the world in their own personal ways through video and installations. The works also explore the personalised yet multi-faceted nature of each artist’s African heritage.
This exhibition was developed as part of Campus Art Dubai 1.0 January – June 2013. Campus Art Dubai is held in partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).