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Waste Lands

13 women artists (from Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine) show destroyed and impoverished landscapes from 2000 to the present day. They reflect usurped lands, looted goods and places through sculptures, videos, photos, etc.

  • 4 March - 21 may, 2017
  • From tuesday to sunday, 10:00-20:00
  • Free on Tuesdays
  • #STMwastelands
  • Curator: Piedad Solans

The exhibition, which gathers works by thirteen women artists, proposes an analysis and rethinking of latent and unresolved crises, from contemporary creation. Piedad Solans weaves a narrative about conflicts, trenches and wounds, the better to understand and decode them.

28 pieces by thirteen artists, including sculptures, installations, videos, photographs, books and graphic novels. The exhibition is complemented by documentation regarding artists linked to the theme.

Activities

The museum has organised varied activities to explore the themes of the exhibition, among which are two conferences, guided tours led by the artists and curator, and tours with the socio-political situation of those countries as the main topic. There will also be family workshops.

Find more information on these activities (in Spanish)

Participating artists

LIDA ABDUL (KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, 1973)

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She lives and works between Kabul and Los Angeles (USA), after living in Germany and India as a refugee due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Through video art, photography and installations, her work gathers the aesthetic traditions that influenced the culture and art of Afghanistan.

The devastation of the landscape and the resistance of the population in countries living through conflict are her source of inspiration. She evokes survival and the road to recovery.

Lida Abdu's website

TAMARA ABDUL HADI (ABU DHABI, ÉMIRATS ARABES UNIS, 1980)

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Of Iraqi origin, the artist grew up in Montreal, Canada. After returning to Dubai, she worked as a photo-journalist and photo-editor for Reuters, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, among others. He photographic projects tackle social injustice and the deconstruction of stereotypes.

In 2009 she took part in a photography teaching programme for women of the UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).

Tamara Abdul Hadi's website

ZOULIKHA BOUABDELLAH (MOSCOW, RUSIA, 1977)

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Her work plays with cultural duality, as well as cultural fusion and the capacity to transcend borders. She creates her work keeping in mind the elements they hide more than those they show, her intention of convincing that things are not seen as they should be, that they invite the transgression of limits.

She has received numerous awards: the Abraaj Prize (2009), the Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art (2008), the Villa Medicis Hors les Murs Residence (2005), etc.

Zoulikha Bouabdellah's website

AMINA BENBOUCHTA (CASABLANCA, MAROCCO, 1963)

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Her artistic-cultural concerns led her to create and edit the fashion and culture magazine Les Alignés in the 90s.
In 2005, she co-founded the 212 Collective, an organisation devoted to defending and promoting the emergence of contemporary art in Morocco.

Amina Benbouchta’s work has its roots in the exploration of the limits of painting, transforming concepts and observations into images, sculptures and installations. The diversity of the media she explores allows a thorough analysis of the complex social structure of contemporary life.

Galerie Sabrina Amrani's website

GOHAR DASHTI (AHVAZ, IRAN, 1980)

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She lives and works in Tehran. Photography and video are the media she uses in her work, which she mainly carries out in series. Her artistic practice revolves around social questions, with special reference to history and culture in modern society and collective memory.

The effects of war between Iran and Iraq which are still felt today, the situation of women in present-day Iranian society, and the drama of migration are some of the themes her work approaches.

Gohar Dashti's website

RENA EFFENDI (BAKU, AZERBAIJAN, 1977)

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He work denounces the social and environmental situation in countries like Azerbaijan after the Soviet occupation and under the present-day dictatorships of governments and corporations.

Over the last few years she has concentrated on themes such as the conflict between Russia and Georgia (2008), the victims of heroin and sexual trafficking in Kyrgyzstan and the hidden lives of young people in Tehran.

Rena Effendi's website

YERA EL-SHERBINI (DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM, 1978)

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Through her acid sense of humour and the fluidity with which she uses performance, video and installation, she explores folk knowledge, subverts social environments and the urban infrastructure. She uses humour to connect and strike up a process of dialogue and reflection outside the limitations of the politically correct.

She has received the following awards: Research and Development Fund (2002), Arts and Humanities Research Board (2005) and Arts Council England Touring Grant (2009).

Web de Yera El-Sherbini

MARIAM GHANI (NEW YORK, USA, 1978)

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Through varied disciplines –video, installations, photography, text and performance– Ghani concentrates on research into how the past is reconstructed in the present, and how the present is constructed for the future, through the changing of public and private narratives.

Her works tackles socio-political and anthropological themes such as the identity of the subject, emigration and human rights.

Mariam Ghani's website

KINDA HASSAN (BEYROUTH, LIBANO, 1984)

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Hassan works with video, sound and photography. She uses those languages to grasp reality in an act of denunciation, revealing that which cannot usually be seen. The central axis of her work is to show how politics and religion manifest themselves in day-to-day life. She tries to explore the borders between ideology, concepts and the human body in her individual daily life. In 2008 she co-founded the regional Arabic music platform “eka3”.

Kinda Hassan's website

LARISSA SANSOUR (JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, 1973)

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The central axis of her work (photography, book format, video, internet, amongst others) is the clash between fiction and reality, and the dichotomy of belonging to and being extracted from the same patch of land.

Her work includes references to and details from genres as diverse as science fiction, spaghetti westerns and horror films that converge with the politics of the Middle East and social problems.

Larissa Sansour's website

PARASTOU FOROUHAR (TEHERÁN, IRAN, 1962)

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Forouhar and her brother became involved in activism after their parents were brutally murdered in Autumn 1998 in their house in Tehran. They were not allowed to mourn or speak in public about their deaths. In 1994 she moved to Germany.

He works comprises different media, from interventions and installations to animation, digital drawing, photography, signs and objects. She uses specifically cultural motifs from Iranian tradition, such as Islamic calligraphy and Persian miniature painting to develop formal work which is critical of Iranian policies.

Parastou Forouhar in Wikipedia

ELNAZ JAVANI (TABRIZ, IRAN, 1985)

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She works in different media such as sculpture, drawing and installations, exploring the themes of violence, the vulnerability of people and the loss of identity.

Elnaz Javani's website

RAEDA SAADEH (UMM-AL-FATHEM, PALESTINE, 1977)

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Her work revolves around performance, installation and photography. It tackles themes of gender and identity, as well as political questions surrounding the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the loss of land and space and the exile of the Palestinian people.

Raeda Saadeh in Wikipedia


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