Sabrina Amrani is delighted to announce the gallery's participation in ARCOmadrid 2020 presenting museum-quality works by Manal AlDowayan, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Gabriela Bettini, Alexandra Karakashian, Waqas Khan, Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, Mónica de Miranda, Jong Oh and Dagoberto Rodríguez at the Galleries sector of the fair. The works can be previewed in our new Online Viewing Room.
The presentation at the booth begins with Manal AlDowayan, a Saudi artist whose artistic practice revolves around themes of active forgetting, archives, and collective memory, with a large focus on the state of women and their representation. Embracing diverse media, Manal AlDowayan's work encompasses black and white photography, sculpture, video, sound, neon and large-scale participatory installations.
For ARCOmadrid the gallery will present a work from her most iconic series "Suspended Together", an installation sculpture in porcelain of 10 standing and pecking doves stamped with the travel permit issued by male relatives that allows Saudi women to travel. Her art works are part of public collections at the British Museum in London, LACMA in Los Angeles, Louisiana Museum in Denmark, and MATHAF Museum in Doha, to name a few.
The presentation continues with the work "Les Horizons Complexes (de l'Amour et d'une romance)", a series of colorful textile pieces by Joël Andrianomearisoa, who represented Madagascar at the first-ever pavilion of the country at La Biennale di Venezia this year. The artist's work develops around a non-explicit, often abstract, narration, which everyone perceives yet, cannot put a name to. His world of forms weaves his work into sequences deeply mired in the concepts of sentimentality, feelings and memory. The year 2020 is a busy one for the artist, he will begin the year with a solo exhibition at Dallas Contemporary museum in January, he will participate with a major installation in the Biennale of Sydney in March, and will also have three more solo exhibitions at Chateau de Chaumont Musée National, Musée d'Art Clermont Ferrand and Chateau Aigues Mortes, all of them in France. Joël Andrianomearisoa works are in public collections such as the Studio Harlem Museum in New York, National Museum of African Art in Washington DC and Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, to name a few.
The gallery showcases the latest work by Gabriela Bettini, "El Proceso" a series of works that continue her study of the first cultural colonialisation and how it relates to its present-day legacy. Using the history of painting and the representation of landscape as her point of departure – observing how this medium has been used to reinforce the ideas that form the basis of Western hegemony – she analyses today's environmental crisis and the extractivist model it espouses, one where women become a paradigm of the multiple violence inflicted by climate change. Her work is part of public collections as DKV Collection and Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura in Spain and Basmoca Museum in Saudi Arabia.
Several works by Babak Golkar will be part of the presentation, from his series of works "Time Capsules 2016-2116", which questions the notions of value creation and the role of the artist in governing these systems. Through the artist's use of time as a key connecting material, all works unpack dominant geo-political issues that have emerged through his close engagement with each object and their associated histories. Varying in scale and form, each work in "Time Capsules 2016-2116" contains a concealed artwork unknown to anyone but the artist. It is ill-advised to unveil their interiors until the suggested time has passed, inevitably outliving the artist and those who initially acquire the work. The artist is currently showcasing his third solo show at the gallery. His works are part of public collections as ARTER in Turkey and Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada.
The gallery will showcase works by South-African emerging artist Alexandra Karakashian. Her work stems from her family history and reflects on current issues of exile, migration and refugee-status. Process and materiality are key to her practice. Employing used engine oil and salt as mediums for painting, she engages in the environmental discussion: the threatening instability and subtle collapse of the planet; and the unethical seizing of rapidly dwindling natural resources. Her works are part of prominent public institutions like Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, Knights Bridge International in Los Angeles and the Luciano Benetton Collection in Treviso, to name a few.
The presentation includes the latest large scale intricate drawing by Pakistani artist Waqas Khan. Waqas Khan's large scale minimalist drawings resemble webs and celestial expanses. The contemplation leaving a visible evidence on paper is the crux of the work. Khan employs small dashes and minuscule dots to create large entanglements. Where when two particle-sque units are spread out and entangled, they are essentially 'in sync' with each other, and they'll stay in sync no matter how far apart they are. This idea of togetherness and being seen one as a magnanimous totality is what he partly absorbs from his inclination towards literature and interest in the lives of sufi poets. Khan's work also evoke a sense of scripting, which he likes to see as a discourse between him and his viewer, a dialogue which is very much formatted over the syntax of a monologue. The artist is increasingly working on monumental pieces on acrylic canvases, onto which the ink from the artist's stroke reacts in a uniquely way with the surface. His work has been recently shown at the Asia Pacific Triennale at the QAGOMA in Brisbane and he had his second solo show in a museum at MUSAC in León (Spain) in late 2019. Waqas Khan's works are already part of prominent institutions like The British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi, The Whitworth and Manchester Museum in Manchester and Deutsche Bank Collection in Frankfurt, to name a few.
The gallery will also be presenting a watercolor painting by Korean emerging artist Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, consisting of a myriad of cell-like marks that vary in size, color, and saturation. His works are perceived at first as ethereal and delicate, but the extreme labor-intensive compositions, marked by intensely obsessive repetitions, quickly betray that initial perception. Timothy Hyunsoo Lee has been part of major group shows in the Studio Museum Harlem in New York and the Young Arts Foundation in Miami.
The presentation continues with Mónica de Miranda's photographs from her series "Panorama", exploring the the geographical, social and historical study of Luanda -the connections between the past and present memories of the city- in order to create an awareness of the country's history and to convey our relationship to history through colonial buildings and the country's most iconic landscapes. Among the historical layers that can be seen in these buildings we can contemplate colonialism, independence, the post-cold war period of the post-civil war ... A complicated framework of memory of the city that could shed light to imagine different futures. Her work is present in public collections like the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbekian, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado and Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa.
The gallery will present in ARCOmadrid 2020 a suspended minimal sculpture by Korean artist Jong Oh. His practice is quite particular since he does not use a studio but creates minimal sculptures in situ that respond to a given spatial situation. Responding to the nuanced configuration of each site, the artist constructs spatial structures by suspending and interconnecting a limited selection of materials: rope, chains, fishing wire, perspex, wooden and metal rods and painted threads. The elements of the work seem to float, and depending on the spatial relationship of the viewer with it, these elements are connected and cross each other or appear as absolutely independent, suggesting additional dimensions to the simple three-dimensional space. He recently had his first solo museum show in Asia at Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) in Seoul, and has been part of major group aexhibitions at Art Sonje Center in Seoul, Museum SAN in Wonju (Korea), ARTER in Istanbul, ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, and DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. His works were recently acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and will be on show at the museum during 2020.
The presentation is completed with two signature large-scale watercolor works by established artist Dagoberto Rodríguez (formerly part of the Cuban collective Los Carpinteros). Combining architecture, design and sculpture, his work employs humor and irony to comment on core topics in art, politics and society. Watercolor forms a very important part of his creative process: it is a way of registering and revising his ideas and often these works reflect a fantasy of a possible conceptual situation. Dagoberto Rodriguez's work is part of numerous international public collections as the MOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York, Hirshorn Museum in Washington DC, Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Tate Modern in London and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, to name only a few. The artist is currently having his first solo exhibition at the gallery, and will have a solo show in CAAM in March 2020.