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1999.2001 New York Academy of Art, New York, New York, USA
Graduate studies in Figurative Painting
1987.1989 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo, Japan
Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking
Recipient of Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Scholarship
1986.1987 Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
Recipient of a Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbusho) to research traditional and contemporary Japanese woodblock techniques.
1979.1983 University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa., USA
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture
2015 XVA Gallery, Searching for Optical Wonder, Dubai, UAE
2007 MORE 2, Dubai, UAE
2006 MORE, Subjects, Dubai, UAE,
1995 CLAY GALLERY, Objects of Desire, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
1992 BRENDA HALL GALLERY, East Meets West, San Francisco, Calif., USA
1991 GALLERY MIHARAYA, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
1989 GALLERY ARIES, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
1988 TAMURA GALLERY, Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
1987 GALLERY BENI, Kyoto, Japan
2015 Tashkeel, Sustaining Identity, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, UAE
2015 Sikka Art Fair Engaged Territories, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, UAE
2015 RCA Secret Dubai, Dubai Art Fair, Dubai, UAE
2014 Cuadro Gallery – Streaming Pool, International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) Dubai, UAE
2014 ISEA 2014, Nomadic Doll Exhibition, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE
2014 ISEA 2014, Tables of Curiosities, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE
2014 XVA Gallery – Curiouser and Curiouser, Dubai, UAE
2013 Al Fonoun Gallery, Zayed University, Desert Pop, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2013 XVA Art Hotel, The Infusion of Impossible Things, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, UAE
2012 FN Gallery, Crossing the Emirates II, Dubai, UAE
2012 XVA, To the Moon, Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, UAE
2011 JAMJAR, Muqtanayati II– One Hundred Treasures, Dubai, UAE
2011 INDEX 2011, JAM JAR, Dubai, UAE
2011 TASHKEEL, Made in Tashkeel, Dubai, UAE
2011 ZAYED UNIVERSITY ATRIUM – Crossing the Emirates, Dubai, UAE
2011 TASHKEEL, As the Saying Goes, Dubai, UAE
2010 JAMJAR, Muqtanayati – One Hundred Treasures, Dubai, UAE
2010 XVA Summer Collection, Dubai, UAE
2010 TASHKEEL, Portrait of a Generation, Dubai, UAE
2010 BASTAKIYA ART FAIR, Nishan, Dubai, UAE
2010 BASTAKIYA ART FAIR, Plush Doll curatorial project, Dubai, UAE
2009 XVA Summer Show, Dubai, UAE
2009 Emerge – Ways of Worldmaking, San Servolo Palazzina 11, Isola di San Servolo, Venice, Italy
2009 BASTAKIYA ART FAIR, Dubai, UAE
2009 TASHKEEL, Silent Conversations, Dubai, UAE
2008 JAM JAR, In Situ, Dubai, UAE
2008 XVA Creek Art Fair, In the Mix, Dubai, UAE
2008 JAM JAR, Creek Art Fair, Constructing the Constructor, Dubai, UAE
2008 TASHKEEL, Vibrations Within, Dubai, UAE
2007 ART ATTACK, Minus-Reality, Dubai, UAE
2007 MEEM GALLERY, Rtoosh, Dubai, UAE
2003 THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER ART MUSEUM, Ebert Art Center, Wooster, Ohio
2000 NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, New York Academy of Art Group Show, New York, USA
1995 LITHUANIA ARTISTS PALACE, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Women Step East to West – Traveling exhibition featuring women’s art in Japan, sponsored by the Japan Foundation in coordination with Gallery Lunami, Tokyo, Japan
1991 SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN’S ART GALLERY, San Francisco, Ca., USA
1989 TOKYO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF FINE ARTS & MUSIC GALLERY, Foreign Artists Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan.
1988 MACHIDA MUSEUM, Student Printmaking Show, Tokyo, Japan.
Selected Public Collections
LA SERRE BISTRO, VIDA HOTEL, Downtown Dubai, UAE
XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE
TASHKEEL, Dubai, UAE
MORE CAFÉ, Dubai, UAE
MONSANTO CORPORATION, Tokyo, Japan
AOYAMA COSMOS CORPORATION, Tokyo, Japan
I.M.I. CORPORATION, Tokyo, Japan
TOWN JUKU, INC., Tokyo, Japan
URAWA BUDDHIST TEMPLE, Urawa, Tokyo, Japan
WOZEN RESTAURANT, Tokyo, Japan
SAINOHIRA SENBEI, INC., Tokyo, Japan
BRENDA HALL GALLERY, San Francisco, Calif., USA
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CV - Barbara Wildenboer
B. 1973, SOUTH AFRICA
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Barbara Wildenboer was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973. She received her Bachelor of Visual Arts from UNISA and completed her Masters in Fine Art (with distinction) at the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Wildenboer has been awarded several international residencies including the Unesco-Aschberg residency (Jordan, 2006), the Al Mahatta residency (Palestine, 2009) and the Red De Residencias Artisticas Local (Colombia, 2011. Wildenboer’s work has been exhibited internationally and throughout South Africa. Her work is included in major private collections in South Africa as well as in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.
2014 artMRKT Contemporary and Modern Art Fair, San Francisco
2014 The Art of the Book, Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco
2013 Crossing the Divide, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2013 Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town
2013 Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg
2013 Wonder Works The Space, Hong Kong
2013 Disjecta Membra Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012 Conversations, Sydney, Australia
2012 Art International Zurich, Switzerland
2012 Clover Aardklop Arts Festival, Potcheftstroom
2012 Canaries in the Coalmine, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town
2011 The Library of the infinitesimally small and the Unimaginably large, Erdmann Contmeporary, Cape Town
2008 Present Absence / Absent Presence, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town Vanitas, AVA, Cape Town
2006 Everyday Alchemy, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
2011 Public Vote Prize
2011 African Art Prize
2006 Maclver Scholarship
2005/6 KW Johnstone Scholarship
2005/6 Jules Kramer Award
2005/6 Harry Crossley Scholarship
2002 Overall winner Vuleka Art Award, South Africa
2000 Merit award winner New Signatures, South Africa
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CV - SAMIRA ABBASSY
b. Ahvaz, Iran. Lives New York, USA.
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1984-1987 B.A.Hons Canterbury College of Art. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY: Co-Founder, Senior Member Lifetime Tenure, Board Member Selected
2017 Migrating Patterns, XVA Gallery, Dubai. 2015 Love & Ammunition, Rossi & Rossi gallery, London. Narratives: Hearts, Minds & Mythologies, Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson Schl, Princeton University, NJ. An Autobiography & Other Confessions, XVA Gallery, Dubai. 2014 Conflicting Narratives, B2OA Gallery, NY. 2007 Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, NY. 2005 Mirror of inclusion, Vernacular Press, New York. 2002 Veiled Icon, Skoto Gallery, New York. 1999/97/95/93 One Person Show, Mercury Gallery, London. 1997 One Person Show, Gallery Urd, Bergen, Norway.
2017 Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY - April - July Co-Curators: Deborah Frizzell, Harry J. Weil; Wave Hill, Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts & Senior Curator and Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts. Artists: Samira Abbassy, Jaishri Abichandani, Huma Bhabha, Chitra Ganesh, Scheherzade Garcia, Mariam Ghani, Fay Ku, Tracey Moffat, Zanele Muholi, Nancy Spero, Marie Watt, Yee I-Lann. 2016 The Human Image: Masterpieces of Figurative Art From The British Museum, International Touring Exhibition - The British Museum. The Simurgh, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore. Persian Color, Curated by Bill Carroll, Shirin gallery NY. 2015 Bazm O Razm, Kevorkian Room, Islamic Dept. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Azadi va Edalet: Stories Retold by Contemporary Iranian Women Artists, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Artistic Weapons of Mass Communication, Curated by Souhad Rafey, FiveMyles gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 2014 Istanbul Art Fair with Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. 2013 Istanbul Art Fair with Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. The Body is Present, Curated by Deborah Frizzell, Ramapo College, NJ. Her Stories, Curated by Jaishri Abichandani, Taubman Museum, Washington, DC. Thanks, Curated by Adam Parker Smith, Lu Magnus gallery NY. I Am My World, Curated by David Gibson, No Sphere gallery. Be/Longing, Curated by Monica Bose, Smith Center for the Arts, Washington, DC. Women Redrawing the World Stage, SOHO20 gallery, NY. Salam Bombay, Travels to Twelve Gates gallery, Philadelphia. 2012 Salam Bombay, Curated by Jasmine Wahi, Art Asia Miami. Fertile Crescent, Rutgers University, NJ. Her Stories, Curated by Jaishri Abichandani (SAWCC 15th Aniversary) Queen Museum of Art, NY. Fabian Walters Gallery presents at New Delhi Art Fair. 2011 Fluidity Layering & Veiling, Curated by Deborah Frizzell, Sacred Heart University, CT. And the falchion Passed Through his Neck, Curated by Jasmine Wahi, Latitude 28 gallery, New Delhi, India. Shapeshifters & Aliens, curated by Jaishri Abichandani Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London. 2010 Tough Love, Curated by Shaheen Mirali, Platforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal. Tehran, New York, Leila Heller gallery, New York. Promise of Loss (Traveled to), Arario Gallery, NY. 2009 Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York (Travels to DePaul University Museum - Chicago & the Farjam Museum – Dubai). Movers & Shakers, Leila Heller gallery, New York. The Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, Korea.798 Beijing Biennale, China. 2008 Artists In Exile, Arario gallery, New York. Just Paper, Drawing Show, LTMH Gallery, New York. Conference of the Birds, Leila Heller Gallery, London. Tehran biennale, Urban Jealousy Tehran, Iran. Weaving the Common Thread, Iranian Artists, Queens Museum, NY. Changes In Time, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, New York. 2007 Two person show, England Gallery, London, UK. 2004 Two person show, England Gallery, London, UK. 2001 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Open Studios, New York, NY. Two person show, England Gallery, London, UK. 2000 Two Person Show, British Consulate, New York. 1998 Two Person Show – Joan Prats Gallery, New York
Awards and Collections 2016
Fellowship: Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca,NY
2016 Byrdcliffe AIR program - Woodstock, NY
2014 Bequest to The British Museum By Dr Diana Lipton
2014 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award
2013 Permanent Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
2012 University of Virginia: Artist in residence fellow
2011 Omid Foundation, Tehran, Iran
2010 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painting/Sculpture
2010 The Burger Collection
2009 The Farjam Art Collection, Dubai
2008 Permanent Collection of the British Museum, UK
2008 The Donald Rubin Foundation (Rubin Museum) NY
2008 The Devi Foundation, India
2007 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship
2006 Yaddo Fellowship, NY
2002 Permanent Collection of the British Government, UK
1997 M&G Purchase Prize – Royal Academy, London, UK
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Contemporary Visions 8
Opening Preview: Thursday 11 January (6-8pm)
Exhibition: 12 January - 24 February 2018
Contemporary Visions is our annual group exhibition that seeks to identify and explore current themes, trends, and innovations in contemporary art across all media and disciplines. This year, the jury included Leo Babsky, Chief Curator of Century Club (London); Kurt Beers, Director of Beers and Author of '100 Painters of Tomorrow; Paddy Johnson, Founding Editor of Art F City; Erik Olson, Artist and 2016 CV7 finalist; Richard Stemp, author and Art Historian; Jennifer Winsor, Director of Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (Canada); and Anna Zorina, Director of Anna Zorina Gallery, New York (USA).
Sofia Donovan’s main themes for work focus on the spaces of human coexistence represented by intimate spheres like interpersonal relationships, the domestic space, the sphere of the feminine, and the social space where all other spaces are framed. As an immigrant Donovan marks her personal feelings of strangeness that lead her to constantly thematizing her own hybrid identity influenced by different forms and points of view. Interested in understanding life as a formless substance in which we live in without giving it any shape or definition, Donovan navigates through the small moments of meaning and approaches the shores of nothingness by giving thought to supernatural and immeasurable through her experimentation.
SOFIA DONOVAN [b.1972, Argentina]. Solo exhibitions include: Fundacion Sala Gasco, ‘Cero Zen’, Santiago de Chile (2016), Galeria Federico Towphya, ‘Kakemonos’, Buenos Aires (2014), Ch.aco, ‘Poetica Domestica’, Santiago (2014). Selected group exhibition include: Galeria Cecilia Caballero, ‘Otras Partes’, bipersonal con Maria Crimella Buenos Airies (2015), Centro De Extension, P.U.C, ‘Negro Esteka’, Santiago (2015), Fundacion Fobeju, ‘Identidad y Territorio’, Santiago (2015), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, ‘La ruta trasnochada’, Santiago (2013). Lives and works in Vitacura, Chile.
Oli Epp’s paintings are influenced by experiences and observations from his everyday life. Epp describes them as autobiographical, sometimes confessional, sometimes irreverent and frequently handled ‘with a humorous sense of pathos.’ Interested in situations he has been involved in and witnessed in public and private life, Epp documents those unreported tragedies and moments he describes as unremarkable through painting.
OLI EPP [b.1994 ] graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the City and Guilds Art School of London. Solo exhibitions include: Degree Show ‘A Desperate State of Affairs’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017), ‘Vanilla/Beige’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017), ‘Can I Wear Fake Tan To The Funeral’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017). Group exhibitions include: ‘The window was open through the door was shut with the window left open’, curated by Lily & Brooke & Elaine Tam, London (2017), ‘We Are The Ones’ curated by Galina Munroe, Jordy Kerwick and Simon Ganshorn, Carlsberg Byens Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017). Lives and works in London, UK.
Nicola Kloosterman is an analog collage artist who works with found imagery. Her subjects vary from fragmented female figures and faces to landscapes, nature and abstracts made with coloured paper and textiles cut from fashion magazines. Her collages explore concepts of (in)visibility, perception and feminine power. The work submitted explores the line between abstract and figurative, reality and illusion. Taken from their original context, extracts of images are free to become new subjects in an altered reality of shape and colour.
NICOLA KLOOSTERMAN [b.1976, Johannesburg] is a self-taught artist with a Masters Degree in Law from University of Amsterdam. Kloosterman completed a Art Foundation course from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and has five years experience of Art Direction at the Junior Academy in Amsterdam. Kloosterman has exhibited a solo show at Atelier Oosterbosch, Amsterdam (2017), and a group exhibition at Collage & Assemblage, C-lab Kunstwest, Amsterdam (2017). Kloosterman lives and works in Heiloo, Netherlands.
Igor Moritz explores the relation between the interior and exterior of the human. He dresses the work summoning the desire for tasting the lines, forms and more importantly the colours. While excessively using patterns, and overdosing on colour schemes, Igor guides the viewer into his organised chaos.
IGOR MORITZ [b.1996, Lublin, Poland] self-taught painter undergoing a Bachelor in Industrial Design at Bournemouth University. Currently took a gap year in his studies in order to prioritize his development as an artist and is preparing to take part in an artist residency in Japan (Studio Kura, Fukuoka). Group Exhibitions include: group exhibition at the Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland (2014), “Half of me is in the past “BUMF gallery, Bournemouth, UK (2016). Solo exhibitions include: “the black tulip” in Lublin, Poland (2015) and ”70x100 from G&T” in Salisbury, UK (2015). Lives and works in Poland.
Stamatis Papazoglou works with traditional paints and spray paints to create sometimes spontaneous sometimes planned concepts on paper. Those are then collaged onto a specific surface and re-applied with changed qualities by cutting, tearing and readjusting. Final material layers are then manipulated through flex and sanding machines, high pressure cleaners and knives until the process of construction and deconstruction develops its own momentum in an organic nature allowing Papazoglou’s works to emerge completely free and radical in their own moods and compositions.
STAMATIS PAPAZOGLOU [b.1975, Germany] graduated from Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf and attended University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Selected exhibitions include: ‘Freshtest 3.0’, Kunstverein-Koelnberg e.V, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Koln (2017), ‘Berlin – Klondyke’, UGM Studio, Maribow, Slowenia (2017), ‘Berlin – Klondyke’, SOEHT 7, Berlin (2017), KFS, Mix the Remix, Berlin (2016). Lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
Christian Ruiz-Berman has become accustomed to localizing his identity within a juncture of memory, fact and fictions by being forcefully deported from his homeland of Mexico. His works focuses on his childhood memories of migration and adaptation. Interested in contemporary philosophers such as Donna Haraway, he is fascinated by the concept that ‘reality is not a set of discrete realities but rather an endlessly complex web of interactions.’ Collaborating poetry and visual art together, exploring how both can bridge chasms that language and logic cannot span.
CHRISTIAN RUIZ-BERMAN [b.1982] is currently studying MFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, holds a Masters Degree from RISD and a Bachelors Degree from Duke University. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Chapultepec Samsara’, Outlet, Brooklyn, NY (2015), ‘Before and After Life’, Ulla Surland Gallery, Fairfirled CT (2013). Group exhibitions include: ‘Pure as a seagull’s belly’, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, (2015), ‘RISD Painting MFA 1st Year Group Show’, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Chelseam, NYC (2017), ‘Reconsider Abstraction’, Gowanus Ballroom curated by George Sferra (2015), ‘I am What I am Not Yet, A Survey of Brooklyn’s Moment’, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY (2015). Ruiz-Berman lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Gino Saccone works in a variety of media, creating chaotic, cacophonous exhibitions that address the communication of information—and the way we digest the glut of it today. Along those lines, he explores the mutability of objects and language in sculptures and drawings by arranging color and texture into form, often referencing numbers. Two-dimensional objects are interjected into three-dimensional space, as gestural, childlike paintings of flowers wrap around corners, and colored textiles based on scanned watercolors and computer-generated formsare set at the intersection of the wall and the floor. Similarly, Saccone explores the relationship between dimensions in textiles based on the autostereogram, a technology that allows flat images to be seen in 3D.
GINO SACCONE [b.1979, Jersey] holds extensive education background having graduated from Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Royal Collage of Art, London, Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris, Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall. Selected exhibitions include: Gran Palazzo, Italy (2017), ‘Neolithic Grafitti’, QB, Oslo (2016), Perennial, Bristol, UK (2016), ‘Uncommon Chemistry’, Observer bld, UK (2016), ‘Corridori in Fuga, Nospace, Oslo (2016). Lives and works in London.
Nicolas Sassoon makes use of computer-based aesthetics to generate fantasized visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments to bring viewers into a trance. his work benefits from stylized pseudo-retro aesthetics, characterized by bright colors, moving patterns, and bitmap quality. the undulating pixels, through their disorienting movement, may create in viewers a sense of anxiety, a concern that their computer screens might have stopped working.
NICOLAS SASSOON [b.1981, France] graduated with a Masters Degree in New Media & Interactivity from Ecole Europeenne Superieure de I’Image, Angouleme, France. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Index, Avenue, Skylight’, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada (2017) ‘Skylight’, Signals’, Resonate Festival, Belgradem Serbia (2017), ‘Vessels’, Agreements to Zinedine, Milan, Italy (2017), ‘Façade 2015’, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016). Group exhibitions include: ‘Transfer Download’, Chronus Art Centre, Shangai, CN (2017), ‘Supernova 2017’, Denver Colorado, USA (2017), ‘New Formats Festival 17’, Vancouver, Canada (2017), ‘Art in Unexpected Places’, Barrie, Canada (2017), ‘Water astonishing’, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada (2017), ‘Unreal: The Algorithmic Present’, HeK Basel, Switzerland (2017). Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Looking at abstraction, representation and pattern Jack Towndrows work looks at the space that lies in between these three ideas and uses the canvas and imagined landscapes he creates as a platform for experimentation. Working with motifs he creates through drawings, once taken into painting these move and change as the paint itself presents different outcomes with him to work with.
JACK TOWNDROW [b.1992, London] graduated with a BFA from Slade School of Fine Art, London. Selected exhibitions include: ‘My Head is Round So My Thoughts Can Change Direction’, Assembly House, Leeds (2017), ‘Dik Piks’ Lady Beck, Leeds (2017), ‘Expo’16’, collaboration with Corise, Calais (2016), ‘Havin’ A Wobbly One’ collaboration with Suzy Babington, Edinburgh (2015), ‘Surprise Birthday’, Bargain spot, Edinburgh (2015). Lives and works in Leeds, UK.
JiYoung Yoo works mainly with an inkjet printer and the ultimate format of painting. Yoo’s practice is based on questioning the relationship between painting and digital image and their status of being an object in the current media condition. Each work that consists of multiple panels explores a counterbalance between digitally layered images on the surface and physical cut-out or overlapping of panels. By letting them lean against the wall, which reveals the gap between the two planes Yoo attempts to show the hidden three-dimensional qualities of painting and its relationship to the wall that it always relies on.
JIYOUNG YOO [b.1991, South Korea] graduated with a Masters Degree from the Slade School of Fine Art, London and holds a BFA in Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul, KR. Selected exhibitions include: ‘The Choice of a New Generation’, Muse at 269, London (2017), ‘Is This It?’, Serf, Leeds (2017), ‘Faith’, Austin Forum, London (2017), ‘MeMeMeMe’, The Crypt Gallery, London (2017), ‘pillow, swallow, hollow, yellow’, The Artwall, Athens, Greece (2016), ‘Techno and the City’, Fiumano Projects, London (2016). Awarded multiple scholarships and artist residency. Yoo currently lives and works in London.
About BEERS London
Since 2010, Beers has worked with emerging and established artists to explore a diverse exhibition programme dedicated to thematic, aesthetic, and political concepts, highlighting an approach to contemporary art that is both progressive and thought-provoking. Through continued collaboration with artists and organizations, the goal of Beers continues to strive to celebrate, share and exhibit contemporary art in London and worldwide.
The gallery upholds an active international art fair schedule, including participation in esteemed fairs such as Artissima in Torino, Italy and Zona Maco in Mexico City along with others in New York, Miami and Basel (Switzerland). In autumn 2014, Director Kurt Beers authored 100 Painters of Tomorrow, published by Thames & Hudson, which was adjudicated by a panel of prominent figures in the arts in search of some of the world's most exciting emerging painters working today. In early October 2017, Kurt Beers will embark on his second publication with Thames & Hudson, entiteld, '100 Sculptors of Tomorrow' building upon the success of the first book release. The gallery has exhibited a range of artists from emerging, mid-career to established including Francis Bacon, Gary Hume, Tal R and Hurvin Anderson. Additionally, Beers London's open exhibition, Contemporary Visions, currently in its eighth year, has garnered a reputation for exhibiting some of the most exciting emerging and mid-career artists found internationally.
In 2016 & 2015, Beers was listed in Blouin Media's '500 Best Galleries Worldwide' and in 2015 Director Kurt Beers was included in ArtLyst's 'Alternative Power 100'.
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The Craft (2017)
Commissioned by Gasworks (London) and the Sursock Museum (Beirut)
Housed in the obsolete atmosphere of an American diner, “The Craft” is a film that revolves around childish fictions laced with serious suspicions towards the real world. Using the lens of family history, the film dissects the artist’s own past to reexamine an uncanny relationship taking place in the shadows of her major life events: “Were my parents conspiring with aliens behind my back?” Reality gradually disintegrates like quicksand around this central question, as paranoia and speculation begin to take hold. Futuristic architecture, popular culture, dream readings, junk food, alien abductions, geopolitics, international diplomacy, war and peace; all of these once solid staples of modern life now become tinted with a general sense of distrust, overshadowing everything. Like a ticking time bomb at the center of the nuclear family unit, the suspicion reaches a crescendo when the protagonist suddenly discovers that the American century has finally ended.
Monira Al Qadiri (b. 1983) is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as the legacies of corruption. She is also part of the artist collective GCC.
She has held solo exhibitions at Sursock Museum, Beirut (2017), Gasworks, London (2017), Stroom Den Haag, the Hague (2017), ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin (2017), ATHR Gallery, Jeddah (2017), the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (2011 & 2014), and Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2009). Her participation in collective international exhibitions includes: 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2017), "Glasstress 2017" Palazzo Franchetti San Marco, Venice (2017), "Lets Talk about the Weather: Art & Ecology in a Time of Crisis" Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016), "Invisible Threads: Technology & its Discontents" NYU Abu Dhabi (2016), "DUST" CCA Warsaw, Poland (2015), "Whose Subject Am I?" Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Germany (2015), "Accented" Maraya Arts Center, Sharjah, UAE (2015), "The Return of Ghosts" Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan (2014), "Never Never Land" Edge of Arabia Projects, London (2014), "Exposure" Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2013), “X-Apartments” Home Works 6, Beirut, Lebanon (2013), “50/20” Sultan Gallery Kuwait (2011), “Paradiso” Watermill Center, New York (2010), “Tokyo Wonder Wall” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Japan (2008), and “In Transition Russia” Moscow Center of Contemporary Art (2008). Her videos and short films have been screened at: Kunsthalle Schirn (2017), Le Centre Pompidou (2016), Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival (2014), "Where is My Territory?" Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014), "Parle Pour Toi" Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (2014), Medrar Cairo Video Festival, Egypt (2014), “Aboveground Animation” New Museum, New York (2012), “Art Screen” Obrero, Sweden (2012), “Arab Shorts” Arsenale, Berlin (2012), and the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai (2008 & 2009) among others.
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The smartphone, as a sleek and seductive object, places a premium on surface manipulation, while keeping its user in ignorance of its underlying mechanisms. Its ubiquity and portability have turned it into an extremity that allows us to surpass and amplify our mental capabilities, to overcome the laws of physics, specifically those of time and space, and to boost our sense of control. Without it and the virtual connected world it catapults us into, I and many others, feel handicapped.
When the digital world hijacks our ancient reflexes to lock our attention, how do we frame the digital world as 'manipulator' and not as 'mediator'?
How do we navigate and respond to the virtual world within our tangible reality?
What happens to time and space when we tap in and out of the virtual realm?
Through my series of experiments, I confront our interdependent relationship with the smartphone and break down the wider research into tighter concerns.
HOLDHAND wax objects examine the tight grip mobile technology holds us in and the physical aspect of our dependence on it. The smartphone is kept close to the body not only because of increased efficiency and accessibility, but also because it has become a manual appendage without which we must face a feeling of discomfort and anxiety.
In All Media 717 we are submerged into the hypnotic process of 'swiping', which creates a continuous stream from fragmented units of time, locations and visual data. The WhatsApp conversation happens between 31st December 2014 and current day, with one person based in Beirut and the other based in Dubai, but also traveling the world. The flowing images, a ribbon of their own photos, selfies, screenshots and images saved from the internet, hold no information other than the pixels they are made up of, thus disregarding authorship, date, location, narrative and context of the conversation within which they were inserted. All Media 717 mirrors the limitless plane of virtual time and space – abstract, non-linear and asynchronous – where the only order is the one we choose.
Ieva Saudargaitė b. 1988 to Lithuanian-Lebanese parents is an architect and self-taught digital photographer who lives and works in Beirut. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Lebanese American University.
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