Tools that measure the intensity of passionate interests, 2010

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens

Biennial, Commissions & Productions

the formatting of a great number of copies, 2010, gelatin silver print, 126x105 cm, Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation, courtesy of the artists

Project Description

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens’ practice is infused with a long-standing desire
to make language visible. The artists approach the language of genres, professions
and areas of specialisation as socially situated dialects, containing within them
traces of values, perspectives and experiences of their speakers. The works presented
in the Sharjah Biennial explore how desire, belief and economy are intertwined. Tools
that measure the intensity of passionate interest references emblem books printed in
Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries to render abstract and moral concepts
into signifying images.

April 2011

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