Here And Elsewhere


Marwa Arsanios, Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila, 2014 (still). Video, color, sound; 28 min. Courtesy the artist.

Exhibition opening today, New Museum, New York, USA, until 28 September.
A major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world. In the past 10 years, the work of artists and cultural spaces in cities such as Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Doha, Marrakesh, Ramallah, and Sharjah, among others, has established critical points of global access. This exhibition borrows its title from a 1976 film-essay by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville called Ici et Ailleurs, which was conceived as a pro-Palestinian documentary but developed into a complex reflection on the ethics of representation and the status of images as instruments of political consciousness. Taking inspiration from this film, the exhibition pays particular attention to the rôle of the artist in the face of historical events.