An exhibition at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
Opening: Fri, April 26, 2013, 7 p.m., ZKM/HfG, Atrium 3
Over the course of the “Arab Spring” the region to the south of the Mediterranean is undergoing a state of transformation, the events of which are followed in Europe with great interest, but also with hope and skepticism. With respect to content, the focus of the exhibition “Cross-border” is on artist’s critical investigation of various thematic aspects of the concept of borders, the attitudes and approaches to borders and strategies of overcoming them. Questions emerge within the context of the exhibition, which adopt a clear position to this issue and elaborate a range of solutions, which treat regionally specific, political or cultural aspects.
photo: Still from: Rana ElNemr "Telekkinesis", 2007-2009
© Rana ElNemr
The eighteen artists whose works are represented in the exhibition are globally networked. Several of them have spent many years abroad, a number of them currently in foreign countries or else commute between different countries. The exhibition offers a differentiated perspective on the region through the works of the artists, which invite viewers to reevaluate biased perspectives and misinterpretations.
Artists: Arwa Abouon, Lara Baladi, Anna Boghiguian, Yto Barrada, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Diana El Jeiroudi, Rana ElNemr, Reem Ghazzi, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Emily Jacir, Amal Kenawy, Bouchra Khalili, Diala Khasawnih, Randa Mirza, Faten Rouissi, Mouna Jemal Siala, Oraib Toukan
On the evening of April 26 the exhibition “Cross-border” opens at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art. Works by contemporary artists from the Arabian Mediterranean region, all of which are globally connected, will be exhibited. The thematic focus lies in the critical examination of the various aspects connected with the theme “borders”: the approach to limits and their overcoming. The exhibition offers a differentiated perspective on the regions by way of the artist’s works, and prompts viewers to review their prejudices and misinterpretations.
One of the special highlights of the opening evening will be a performance by artist Faten Rouissi, in which a wrecked car is refashioned as a symbol of freedom. Furthermore, on Sat, April 27, 2013, a panel discussion will be held on the theme of “crossing borders”.
Fri, April 26, 2013
Opening of the exhibition, ZKM/HfG, atrium 3
Art dans la rue – Art dans le quartier [Street Art – Art in the Neighborhood]
Performance of the artist Faten Rouissi, ZKM/HfG, atrium 3
Faten Rouissi (*1967) is a fine artist from Tunisia and known, above all, for her interventions in public spaces, in the form of performances and installations. In 2012, she founded the association “24 heures pour l'art contemporain”, and is initiator of the international street art project “De Colline en Colline” in Tunis, Enfidha and Tataouine in March 2013. Her actions had a particularly powerful resonance during the Tunisian revolution. Through participative strategies, the artist questioned and further reflected on the hegemonic structures. The performance at the ZKM is a continuation of “Street Art – Art in the Neighborhood”, a performance which took place in Tunisia, in 2011. At that time Faten Rouissi sent out an appeal, via Facebook, to fine artists, students and activists as well as to the inhabitants of the city, to turn the burnt-out car wrecks of the revolts into symbols of freedom.
Sat, April 27, 2013
Artists participating in the exhibition discuss borders and the issues surrounding the transgression of borders in the context of their work. The cultural, social and political transformations in the countries of the Arabellion also impact upon the art scene. The discussion pivots on such repercussions. Similarly, new possibilities, which emerge for the artists through increased networking, and their influence on the production of art in this region, are also discussed. The discussion will be held in the English.
Moderator: Elisabeth Klotz
Participants: Lara Baladi, Charlotte Bank, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Diana El Jeiroudi, Rana ElNemr, Diala Khasawnih, Randa Mirza and Faten Rouissi
Location: ZKM_Lecture Hall
Media Partner: Nafas art magazine
Kulturfestival Frauenperspektiven [Cultural Festival "Women’s Perspectives"], Karlsruhe
German-Egyptian /-Tunisian Transformation Partnership
Supported by the Federal Foreign Office
The discussion takes place in cooperation with the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in the context of the aesthetics seminar "Former West" (Head: Prof. Dr. Beat Wyss und Sebastian Baden) with students of the HfG.