All Our Relations / Ár gCaidreamh Uilig is a group exhibition with new commissions from Jenny Brady and Moad Musbahi, works by Maryam Tafakory and Naeem Mohaiemen and a public programme with Amal Khalaf, Anna Bunting-Branch and Aliyah Hussain – set within an exhibition framework based on the ad hoc Covid screens that have defined our public space in recent months.
Proposing the gallery as a civic space, and a place of communication and discussion, the video and text-based sculptural works in this exhibition consider dialogue, miscommunication, forms of oration, translation and transliteration. The public programme connected to the exhibition will look at how we can test methods to prefigure different communicative relationships.
As we navigate shifting restrictions engendered by the global pandemic – faltering between social distance measures and reopening plans, connection through technology and craving for touch – the works in All Our Relations / Ár gCaidreamh Uilig speak to the tensions, missteps and powerful potential of how we connect, gather together and communicate with one another.
Curated by Sara Greavu.
Exhibition Support by Stéphane Béna Hanly and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch.
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Image 1: Still from Music for Solo Performer, Jenny Brady, 2021
Image 2: Still from United Red Army, Naeem Mohaiemen, 2012
Image 3: paper nor me_xx4: Speech Marks to Palestine, Moad Musbahi, 2021
I heard the story from a woman who passed here yesterday
She told me about the fish that entered into the sea…” )
Image 4: Still from Irani Bag, Maryam Tafakory, 2020
Image 5: Still from Irani Bag, Maryam Tafakory, 2020
Jenny Brady is an artist filmmaker based in Dublin, exploring ideas around speech, translation and communication. Her films have been presented at Projections at the New York Film Festival, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, MUBI, The Essay Film Festival, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, EMAF, Videonale, Experimenta at BFI London Film Festival, Images Festival, November Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute, EVA International, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Whitechapel gallery and Tate Liverpool.
She was an inaugural IMMA 1000 artist-in-residence and is a studio artist at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin.
Naeem Mohaiemen imagines socialist utopias, beginning from = rupture milestones after the ouster of British empire, and radiating outward to transnational alliances. His work is in the collection of British Museum and Tate Modern, screened at cinema halls as part of LUX/Independent Cinema Office’s “Artists Cinema” and BFI Film Festival, as installations at Eva (Ireland) and Liverpool Biennial, British Council, Tate Britain, Frieze, and Architectural Association, and as lectures at CCA Derry, Iniva, Whitechapel, Delfina, and Goldsmiths. Naeem was a 2018 Turner Prize nominee, received support from the Arts Council and Elephant Trust, and is a member of the film council of ICA, London. shobak.org
Moad Musbahi is an artist and curator based between Tripoli and London. His work investigates migration as a method for cultural production and political expression, focusing on the social practices and forms of knowledge that movement engenders. Recent work has been presented in Protocinema, New York (2021); Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2021); Jameel Arts Center, Dubai (2020); Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2019) among others. He is a recipient of the Goethe Visual Arts Fund (2021), the Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme grant (2020) and has been a resident at Gasworks, London (2021).
Maryam Tafakory is an artist filmmaker based between Shiraz and London. Her work has screened internationally including, Rotterdam IFFR; Edinburgh EIFF; Zurich Film Festival; Melbourne MIFF; Hamburg IKFF; ICA London; BFI London; Ji.hlava IDFF; Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; Light Industry NY; UnionDocs NY; Anthology Film Archives, and Whitechapel Gallery.
Anna Bunting-Branch is an artist and researcher based in London. Moving between different practices–including painting, writing and animation–her work explores science fiction as a methodology to re-vision feminist practice and its histories. Her solo presentations include Warm Worlds and Otherwise, QUAD, Derby (2020) and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2018), and The Labours of Barren House, Jerwood Space, London (2017). Recently, her work has been presented in group exhibitions and events at Bergen Kunsthall, CCA Derry-Londonderry, FACT Liverpool, Helsinki Contemporary and ICA London, and she has published work in Fandom as Methodology (Goldsmiths Press, 2019), MAP Magazine and Art Licks. Anna is currently undertaking a practice-related PhD at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, supported by the AHRC London Arts & Humanities Partnership. In 2019 she was awarded an Arts Council England Project Grant. www.annabuntingbranch.com
Aliyah Hussain’s practice approaches themes found within feminist science fiction literature, she works with abstract forms and uses these to construct narratives in order to explore different modes of communication and miscommunication. With a background in performance and a practice rooted in process and making, her work moves across sound, ceramics, and drawing, with the methods of collage underpinning each discipline. Sound works are created with contact mics and sculptural objects, incorporating drawing, gesture, pressure and tension. Based between Todmorden, West Yorkshire and Salford she has released three EPs of experimental electronic music -“Native Tongue” on Bloxham Tapes (2019) and ‘Woman on the Edge of Time’ (2018) and ‘Sultana’s Dream’ on Sacred Tapes (2016). Recent presentations and commissions include, The Sleep of Plants, Holden Gallery (online) Manchester, 2020 Always mysteries of the tongue, HOME, Manchester (2019), you feel me_ and ~ all the feels ~ at FACT, Liverpool (2019), Warm Worlds and Otherwise by Anna Bunting-Branch, QUAD, Derby (2020) and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2018). www.aliyahhussain.co.uk
Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt, London and Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. Here and in other contexts she has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops and collaborative research projects that address the role of art operating within pedagogy and social urgencies.
She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, Consortium Commissions Curator for Mophradat, as well as a trustee for not/no.w.here and on the artistic committee for Arts Catalyst. In 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai. Amal’s work has been presented at Goldsmiths College, London; Venice Biennale 2019; MoMA PS1, NY; New Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Musee D’Art Moderne, Paris; The Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Serralves, Porto; amongst others in educational and cultural contexts.
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