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Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft

ARTIST’S CHOICE: YTO BARRADA—A RAFT

Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft is an exhibition of works from MoMA’s collection selected by Yto Barrada (b. 1971) at The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is organized by Yto Barrada with Lucy Gallun, Associate Curator, and River Encalada Bullock, Beaumont & Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography and is on view until January 9, 2022. Barrada also collaborated with Deligny publishers Sandra Alvarez de Toledo and Anaïs Masson on this exhibition.

Barrada’s curatorial line of continuity deals with the work of French filmmaker, anarchist and writer Fernand Deligny (1913–1996). The framing is centered around Deligny’s work in the 1960s around  anti-institutional,  alternative pedagogy and practice in Europe. Of note is Deligny’s development of the notion of the “network” emerging from his informal living community. In the “network”, Deligny lived alongside nonverbal and/or autistic children and volunteers called présences proches, or close presences who were typically members of the working class, rather than social workers or psychiatrists. The network reformulates possibilities for institutions outside of totality, of language and of the human. Notions and implications of language, totality, and/or the human are surfaced and troubled singularly and collectively throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition features work by Janmari, one of the children and lifelong members of the network, archival photographs, and maps—or tracings—from Deligny’s network. The dynamism of the photos corresponds to Deligny’s motioning away from the realm of representation towards the trace, as in the trace of gesture. Barrada’s Tamo’s Raft (Le radeau de Tamo) (2021) maps a distinct path of the network (also equated with a “raft”), imagined, unwilled, and materialized.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Installation view of Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft, May 8, 2021–January 9, 2022 at The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA New York.

  • Installation view of Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft, May 8, 2021–January 9, 2022 at The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA New York.

  • 2019

    Practice Piece (Sewing Exercise 3B)

    by Yto Barrada (Moroccan and French, born 1971).
    Gelatin silver print
    14 x 11 inches unframed

  • 2019

    Practice Piece (Sewing Exercise 4B)

    by Yto Barrada (Moroccan and French, born 1971)
    Gelatin silver print
    14 x 11 inches unframed.

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Teem

TEEM

“TEEM”, Matt Paweski’s second exhibition at Gordon Robichaux, runs until October 31, 2021. The exhibition presents a new body of site-specific work which includes ceiling and wall-mounted sculptures, tabletop sculptures, cut-vinyl drawings, and wall murals. Paweski’s forms effect function, but questions what that function is. Gaps become imaginative relations and colors follow a sporadic rhythm. The show brings together various dimensions of Paweski’s practice, material and immaterial alike.

Matt Paweski was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1980 and is based in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Paweski is represented by Gordon Robichaux, New York; Herald St, London; and Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Daisy Chain, Herald St, London (2020); Tre sculture e un disegno, Octagon, Milan, IT; Look out, Switch—Switch, Couples, Fountain, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles (2018); Gordon Robichaux, New York (2018, with Sanou Oumar); Lulu, Mexico City (2018, with Ella Kruglyanskaya); Herald St, London (2017 and 2014); Ratio 3, San Francisco (2016); and South Willard, Los Angeles (2015).

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2021

    1⁄2 BLOOM, SPRING, HINGE

    Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint
    16.25 x 11 x 4.75 inches

  • 2021

    CRANK (GRAPE)

    Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint
    16.5 x 10 x 5.5 inches

  • 2021

    LIGHT (EXPANDED APPEARANCE)

    Aluminum, aluminum rivets, rubber, LED strip lights and components, vinyl paint
    36 3/4 x 60 x 9 1/2 inches

  • 2021

    TIMEPIECE (MACAW + BROWN)

    Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint
    19 x 11.5 x 5 inches

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Alake Shilling

ALAKE SHILLING

Alake Shilling’s solo exhibition, The Hippest Trip in America - By Land, Air and Sea, runs until October 30, 2021 at Jeffrey Deitch New York. The title comes from Nelson George’s 2014 book on the prominent television show Soul Train.

The exhibition features seven paintings in the main Grand Street gallery, and seven ceramic sculptures in the Grand Street storefront. The oil paintings are textured with crumbled Styrofoam, nail polish and glitter. The sculptures and paintings reference pop culture from Shilling’s childhood and embody feelings that are often relegated as abject. Shilling questions such abjections while simultaneously revealing such pre- and overdeterminations when encountering the visual and haptic.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2021

    Best Buddies

    Glazed ceramic and enamel paint
    14 x 25 x 16 inches

  • 2021

    Buggy Bear on a Star Studded Beach Adventure

    Oil paint, glitter, sand, styrofoam balls and salt on canvas
    60 x 72 x 2.5 inches

  • 2021

    Installation views, Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America - By Land, Air and Sea

    Jeffrey Deitch, New York, 2021

  • 2021

    Installation views, Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America - By Land, Air and Sea

    Jeffrey Deitch, New York, 2021

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Basma Al-Sharif

BASMA AL-SHARIF

Basma Al-Sharif is an Artist/Filmmaker of Palestinian origin, raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She has a BFA and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Basma developed her practice nomadically and works between cinema and installation centering on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Major exhibitions include: Solo shows at CCA and MOCA Toronto, Modern Mondays at MOMA, the Whitney Biennial, les Rencontres d'Arles, les Module at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, The Berlin Documentary Forum, the Sharjah Biennial, and Manifesta 8. Basma is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris, distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal, and is based in Berlin. 

Basma Al-Sharif is featured in the “Semipublic Intellectual” issue of the Quarterly Journal.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Still from We Began by Measuring Distance, 2009
    19:06, Color, Stereo, 4:3, DV video
    Image courtesy of the artist

  • 2007

    Still from Everywhere was the Same

    11:38, Color, Stereo, 4:3, DV video

  • 2007

    Still from Everywhere was the Same

    11:38, Color, Stereo, 4:3, DV video

  • 2009

    Still from We Began by Measuring Distance

    19:06, Color, Stereo, 4:3, DV video

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Jayce Salloum

JAYCE SALLOUM

Filmmaker Jayce Salloum has lectured, published, and exhibited at various local and international venues from unnamed storefronts in his downtown eastside Vancouver neighbourhood to institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, National Gallery of Canada, Bienal De La Havana, Sharjah Biennial, Biennale of Sydney and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. You can view his work at Instagram.com/jaycesalloum and https://vimeo.com/salloum.

untitled part 7.2 (from the installation: the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart) (2010) is filmed at Laisa-e-Maarifat (Marefat School), Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan. During the Marefat high school morning assembly, high school girls shift in with a few boys, while faculty enters the school courtyard at 5:30AM. They gather, lining up while Sufi songs play in the background. They begin to sing their school song, “the heart that has no love, pain, or generosity is not a heart”, and subsequently walk up the stairs to their classes.

Jayce Salloum is featured in the “Semipublic Intellectual” issue of the Quarterly Journal.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2001

    still from untitled part 3a: occupied territories

    “I can’t keep quiet about things that are wrong..”, Nameh Hussein Suleiman (in Baddawi refugee ‘camp', near Tripoli, Lebanon)
    23:00

  • 2010 (2008)

    untitled part 7.2 from: دلِ که سوز ندارد, دلِ نیست (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart)

    Videoloop from the installation: دلِ که سوز ندارد, دلِ نیست (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart
)
    Dari/Farsi subtitled in English
    14:13

  • 2002

    still from untitled part 3b: (as if) beauty never ends...

    orchid, "What about Khalil, Fadl and Abdullah..”, Abdel Majid Fadl Ali Hassan (in Bourg al Barajinah refugee ‘camp', near Beirut, Lebanon)
    11:22

  • 1999-2001

    still from untitled part 1: everything and nothing

    “I left everything and I left Nothing”, Soha Bechara
    40:00, Color, Sound

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The Going Away Present

THE GOING AWAY PRESENT

The Going Away Present, organized by Kristina Kite and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, is on view from July 24 - August 21, 2021 at Kristina Kite Gallery in Los Angeles. The massive group exhibition celebrates and bids goodbye to the influential art critic and beloved pedagogue Bruce Hainley as he leaves Los Angeles to teach at Rice University. The group exhibition, comprised of 49 artists and 18 writers, includes Owen Fu, Mike Kuchar, Lisa Lapinski, John Waters, Dennis Cooper, Aram Moshayedi, among others.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2021

    The Going Away Present, installation view

    Organized by Kristina Kite and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
    Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 2021

    Daisy Oracle

    Kelly Akashi
    Hand-blown glass and bronze
    32 x 6 x 12 inches

  • 2021

    
En revenant du marché avec Mona

    Malak El Zanaty Varichon & Mona Varichon
    
HD video. color, sound
TRT 4:19

  • 2014

    Rain Man, Havana

    Gary Indiana
    Digital video 
TRT 5:59

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What We Left Unfinished

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED

Mariam Ghani's What We Left Unfinished is a probing and engrossing case study in censorship, authoritarianism, and political art. Thirty years after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent civil war, during a new era of political uncertainty for the embattled nation, What We Left Unfinished looks closely at the era of state-funded Afghan filmmaking during the country’s Communist era, bringing together dozens of writers, actors, and filmmakers to discuss five unfinished, unedited projects produced between 1978 and 1991. The film was selected by the Berlin Film Festival, DOC NYC, and Il Cinema Ritrovato. What We Left Unfinished will be in US theaters and virtual theatrical release starting Friday August 6th.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2019

    Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)

    from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)
    Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
    Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
    Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
    71 minutes
    Language: Dari, English

  • 2019

    Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)

    from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)
    Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
    Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
    Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
    71 minutes
    Language: Dari, English

  • 2019

    Still from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)

    Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
    Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
    Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
    71 minutes
    Language: Dari, English

  • 2019

    Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)

    from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)
    Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
    Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
    Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
    71 minutes
    Language: Dari, English

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Bill Gunn

BILL GUNN

Artists Space, in collaboration with an organizing committee comprised of Bill Gunn collaborators and scholars, presents Till They Listen: Bill Gunn Directs America. The comprehensive gallery exhibition includes a series of public programs celebrating the life and towering, multi-faceted work of the filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and actor Bill Gunn (1929–1989). As a Black artist working simultaneously in Hollywood and the New York theatre world, Gunn persistently struggled to produce his work as a writer and filmmaker, and these hardships are reflected in both his art and his archive. Three decades after his death, Bill Gunn’s work has begun to gain long overdue visibility through film retrospectives, restorations and increased availability of his published writings. Adding to the recent scholarship around Gunn’s work, this exhibition elucidates Gunn’s profound artistic vision through an unprecedented gathering of archival materials from both private collections and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s unparalleled holdings, most exhibited for the first time. This curated selection of ephemera, media, literature, and original artworks offers a complex and intimate portrait of Gunn’s seminal output, with a focus on his many unrealized projects.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Installation view

    Till They Listen: Bill Gunn Directs America
    Artists Space, June 5 – August 21, 2021

  • c. 1982

    Installation view featuring contact sheets from Losing Ground

    Till They Listen: Bill Gunn Directs America
    Artists Space, June 5 – August 21, 2021

  • c. 1973

    Installation view

    Till They Listen: Bill Gunn Directs America
    Artists Space, June 5 – August 21, 2021

  • c.1973

    Installation view featuring various ephemera from Ganja & Hess

    Till They Listen: Bill Gunn Directs America
    Artists Space, June 5 – August 21, 2021

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Lost Weekend

LOST WEEKEND

Lost Weekend is an exhibition on view at Galerie Allen and Yvon Lambert in Paris until July 31, 2021. The exhibition title is borrowed from the name John Lennon gave to an 18-month period where he plummeted to personal lows while reaching creative highs. The two galleries had the desire to collaborate and consolidate ideas of exchange between geography, generations and intention. Their version of the well seasoned Mail Art exhibition places a metaphorical fork in the road: 2 artworks leaving an artist’s studio in one part of the world and arriving in Paris to be split between two spaces while symbiotically resonating between each location. Artists in the group show include Kersti Jan Werdal, Etel Adnan, James Benning, Moyra Davey, Simone Fattal, Matt Paweski, and Ryoko Sekiguchi, amongst others.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Untitled

    by Etel Adnan
    10 x 8 inches
    painting on watercolor paper

  • Untitled

    by James Benning
    12 x 8 inches

  • 2021

    Light 48a

    by Kersti Jan Werdal
    Lightjet C-Print on glossy paper
    5 x 7 inches
    Edition 1 of 1

  • 2021

    UNTITLED (CAFÉ) 1

    by Moyra Davey
    C-Print, Tape, Postage, Ink
    12 x 18 inches

    "When thinking of this show, I looked up the circle of latitude each gallery sits on, and discovered Paris lies on the 48th Parallel North. This is the same latitude as the Olympic Peninsula in the Northwest corner of the United States, an area I spend significant time in, a state I was born and raised. This line connects all locations in the world by an imagined circle. I took a drive up to Neah Bay, Makah Tribal land that is also the furthest northwest point of the state, with the intention of making a picture of the sea in front of me, and another of the forest behind me. I made these pictures, and when I developed the film discovered that two negatives were exposed from the early light that morning, these are the images I chose to print. I intercepted the color with my own interpretation based on the feeling I had when standing in this place."

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Alexandra Barth

ALEXANDRA BARTH

Chris Sharp Gallery in Los Angeles presents the US solo debut of the Slovakian artist Alexandra Barth. The show runs until July 31, 2021.

Alexandra Barth (b. 1989 Malacky, Slovakia; lives and works in Bratislava) received her degree from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in 2013. A selection of solo exhibitions have been held at Phoinix, Bratislava (2020), Urban gallery, Pescara (2020), Hotdock project space, Bratislava (2019). Recent group exhibitions include Like a picture, Photoport, Bratislava (2020), The Elevator, Temporary Parapet, Bratislava (2019) and MDŽ, White&Weiss, Bratislava (2017).

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2021

    Yellow Table

    Acrylic on canvas
    47.2 x 74.8 inches

  • 2021

    Blue Pillow

    Acrylic on canvas
    47.2 x 35.4 inches

  • 2020

    Leaves

    Acrylic on canvas
    59 x 47.2 inches

  • 2021

    Tablecloth

    Acrylic on canvas
    31.5 x 23.6 inches

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