Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss

Curated by Myriam Ben Salah

Fahrenheit Los Angeles, California, USA 09/16/2016 – 12/10/2016
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Detail, Téléramadan. Publication, 2016, p.112. Founded by Mouloud Achour, Mehdi Meklat and Badroudine Saïd Abdallah. Courtesy of Fahrenheit, Los Angeles. ©Jeff McLane

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Installation view: Meriem Bennani, Gradual Kingdom, 2016. Film installation, styrofoam screen, projection. Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and SIGNAL, New York. ©Jeff McLane

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JNOUN : Documentation of the presentation of JNOUN, a fashion line based in Rabat and New York and developed by Meriem Bennani and Zahra Bennani. © Deborah Farnault

Artists: Sophia Al Maria, Meriem Bennani, Phil Collins, GCC, Kareem Lotfy, Tala Madani, Jumana Manna, Slavs & Tatars, Téléramadan

This is a tale of a slicked wedding singer from the Gaza Strip who won Arab Idol.
This is a tale of joy blooming from a loosely defined region where nuances are overlooked and histories are simplified through the lenses of failure, conflict, and narrow aesthetic formulas.

This is a tale of strangers in strange lands, of non-native wanderers with attitude, of individuals who navigate the chasms between cultures and don’t care anymore about what Edward Said said.
« I’m telling you, if you don’t come now and bring Viagra for your father, I’ll go shame us all. » [1]
This is a tale of male thugs and of father tongues, of alternative imagination, of alchemical reactions, and of human intimacies.
This is a tale of dark humor and light spirit, of grooming of bodies and cars and carpets, of bifurcated gender relations, and of a “Global” South / “Middle” East / “non” West burdened with symbols and placed within the vacuums of loaded cardinal points.
This is a tale of the familiar and the foreign, and of the unapologetically vernacular.
Un-a-po-lo-ge-tic.

This is a tale of sensuality.
This is a tale of cracking into the sidelines and cracking jokes.
This is the tale of Scheherazade in One Thousand and One Nights: a failure to amuse means kaput.


Notes:

[1] Jumana Manna, Blessed, Blessed, Oblivion, 2010.

http://fahrenheit.flaxfoundation.org/

Courtesy of Fahrenheit, Los Angeles

fahrenheit-2016-09-21_014

Detail, Téléramadan. Publication, 2016, p.112. Founded by Mouloud Achour, Mehdi Meklat and Badroudine Saïd Abdallah. Courtesy of Fahrenheit, Los Angeles. ©Jeff McLane

fahrenheit-2016-09-21_026

Installation view: Meriem Bennani, Gradual Kingdom, 2016. Film installation, styrofoam screen, projection. Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and SIGNAL, New York. ©Jeff McLane

jnoun_deborah_farnault_sep_16_2016_4908

JNOUN : Documentation of the presentation of JNOUN, a fashion line based in Rabat and New York and developed by Meriem Bennani and Zahra Bennani. © Deborah Farnault

Artists: Sophia Al Maria, Meriem Bennani, Phil Collins, GCC, Kareem Lotfy, Tala Madani, Jumana Manna, Slavs & Tatars, Téléramadan

This is a tale of a slicked wedding singer from the Gaza Strip who won Arab Idol.
This is a tale of joy blooming from a loosely defined region where nuances are overlooked and histories are simplified through the lenses of failure, conflict, and narrow aesthetic formulas.

This is a tale of strangers in strange lands, of non-native wanderers with attitude, of individuals who navigate the chasms between cultures and don’t care anymore about what Edward Said said.
« I’m telling you, if you don’t come now and bring Viagra for your father, I’ll go shame us all. » [1]
This is a tale of male thugs and of father tongues, of alternative imagination, of alchemical reactions, and of human intimacies.
This is a tale of dark humor and light spirit, of grooming of bodies and cars and carpets, of bifurcated gender relations, and of a “Global” South / “Middle” East / “non” West burdened with symbols and placed within the vacuums of loaded cardinal points.
This is a tale of the familiar and the foreign, and of the unapologetically vernacular.
Un-a-po-lo-ge-tic.

This is a tale of sensuality.
This is a tale of cracking into the sidelines and cracking jokes.
This is the tale of Scheherazade in One Thousand and One Nights: a failure to amuse means kaput.


Notes:

[1] Jumana Manna, Blessed, Blessed, Oblivion, 2010.

http://fahrenheit.flaxfoundation.org/

Courtesy of Fahrenheit, Los Angeles

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