Basma Al Sharif
Basma Alsharif’s work explores how we relate to and internalise the geo-political shifts that occur within our lifetimes and those we carry with us from past generations.
Devoid of pitiful moralising and surpassing fetishistic infatuation with depictions of human sordidness, in the series Fictionville Rokni Haerizadeh cunningly (and controversially) violates and perverts found photographic media images depicting human suffering into an anthropomorphic Orwellian world of fairytales: humorous, grotesque, satirical, bitter.
Slavs and Tatars
This work traces unlikely points of convergence in Iran and Poland's economic, social, political, religious and cultural stories.
Through the medium of a feature-length film, different experiences and encounters at sea (and on adjacent land) are not so much tied together as allowed to speak.
Filmed in an area close to Liu Wei’s studio on the outskirts of Beijing, the artist documents the ‘new work’ of local farmers who have been forced to comb through suburban domestic refuse everyday in exchange for meager compensation to supplement their falling agricultural income.
Compromised of 121 iron scaffolding pipes from Sharjah, one of which created by a Syrian weaver in the city is completely covered in red wool thread.
When I first came across a picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, I noticed how much it resembles the Islamic breaking of the fast – known as Iftar in Arabic – during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Infinite Rock is a disturbing caesura in the absolute brightness of the Arabian urban fabric: a dark volume that absorbs all light, creating a visual current that draws in the visitor.
Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev
In their collaboratively-produced video installations, Muratbek Djumaliev and Gulnara Kasmalieva explore the contemporary political and economic realities of former Soviet States such as their homeland of Kyrgyzstan.
Jericho First places at its centre imagery from the mosaic of the bathhouse in the Hisham Palace (Khirbat al Mafyar) in Jericho of deer and a lion in a violent hunting scene.
KA (JCB, JCB) is a powerful and evocative sculpture that brings together two backhoe arms into a form that resembles human arms raised in invocation.
Through Aisha Khalid’s labour-intensive process of inserting pins through a layer of two shawls, Kashmiri Shawl inspires contradictory responses.
Kurchatov 22, a five-channel video installation with surround sound, was shot in the heartland of the former 'Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union', formally known to insiders by its code name Kurchatov 22 , a secret territory in the North West of Kazakhstan, established under the strict control of Joseph Stalin and L. (Lavrenti) Beria in 1948.