Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Here And Elsewhere At The New Museum
The New Museum's current exhibition "Here and Elsewhere" is not something you would typically see in contemporary art galleries in New York. Featuring works from only Arab artists, the group show puts together 45 works that show, express, and discuss contemporary Arab life.
With such a broad theme that is unique to every artist who falls into the category of "Arab artist", the New Museum does a lovely job curating a wide selection of works of various mediums. Showcasing video, sculpture, installation, paintings, and so on, not one work is quite like another. While the works are all very different from a visual standpoint, many have reoccurring themes, such as violence, oppression, and lack of rights.
One of the larger pieces, "The Mapping Journey Project" by Bouchra Khalili (2008-2011), is a video installation that tracks the journey of immigrants illegally traveling from Africa to Europe. The piece is 8 video projections, suspended from the ceiling. Each projection has an ambiguous hand which draws on a map with a black marker. While doing so, they explain their immigration journey. Each video projection shows a different story of 8 immigrants, each with their own powerful story to tell of trials and escape.
Here And Elsewhere is on view at the New Museum until September 28th, 2014.