Ala Younis: Steps Towards the Impossible
16.5 x 11.5 cm
English and Arabic
60 pages, 12 visuals
Published by Sharjah Art Foundation, 2018
This exhibition booklet is a record of Sharjah Art Foundation’s exhibition of the work of artist Ala Younis, curated by Ryan Inouye. In Steps Towards the Impossible, Younis uses her research-based practice to examine major issues of the modern day—nationalism, religion, social movements, the emergence of global capital and personal and collective loss—through a multiplicity of voices. The exhibition presents work made over a decade, including Nefertiti (2008), Tin Soldiers (2011), Enactment (2017), and Drachmas (2018), a Sharjah Art Foundation commission that adapts the language of architectural model making and early studio stagecraft to a study of the emergence of Arab daytime television drama and the interplay of nations, investors, studios, currency fluctuations and political crises that shifted centres of cultural and political influence.