An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...
For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...
Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...
Umer Butt (left) and Hetal Pawani (right) in the Grey Noise gallery in Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz in Dubai: they have called a halt on regular exhibitions for a five-month period, moved offices into the exhibitions space and temporarily changed their name to Losers Club. Courtesy The National. Photo: Pawan Singh.
The Dubai gallery Grey Noise is celebrating its 10th anniversary—if 'celebrating' is the right word. The art gallery is marking its commercial failure. It has called a halt to regular exhibitions for five months, moved its offices into the exhibitions space and changed its name to Losers Club.
'I think I am a loser because I have lost,' the gallery's founder and co-director Umer Butt said when I spoke to him about the project in March, when it first began.
Lala Rukh studied art at Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan (MFA) and University of Chicago, USA (MFA). She taught for 30 years at Punjab University, Department of Fine Art and the National College of Arts where she set up the MA(Hons) Visual Art Program in the year 2000. After retiring from teaching, Lala Rukh devoted her time in her studio in Lahore and to activism. She was amongst the foremost feminist activist artists of South Asia.
Her recent shows include LISTE - Art Fair Basel 2017, Basel, Switzerland / sagar, Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE; For an Image, Faster Than Light - Curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Yinchuan Biennial, Yinchuan, China; but even if I cannot see the sun, Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE; The past, the present, the possible - Curated by Eungie Joo, Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, UAE; Drawings, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan in collaboration with Grey Noise.
Lala Rukh currently showed a newly commissioned work at Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and a collection of historic works in Kassel, Germany.
Stéphanie Saadé's work takes as a departure point the moment when one becomes estranged from his surroundings. The artist explores the shape, or the shapes, of distance, and makes them visible, as well as the changes in shape of the individual that goes through this estrangement. A process of Artificial Nostalgia is developed, through which strange locations, familiar to the artist, are assembled. The nature of links is questioned, their persistence or their ephemerality. The created knots and ties form pairs, which never become doubles. Single objects are composed from differences brought together.
Saadé graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China. She was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2014/2015), and the Cité Internationale des arts, Paris, France (2015).
Her work has been exhibited at Sharjah Biennale 13, Sharjah, UAE; Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany; Home Works 7, Beirut, Lebanon; Parc Saint Léger hors les murs, Nevers, France; La Traverse, Centre d'Art Contemporain d'Alfortville, Alfortville, France; MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Frieze Art Fair, London, UK; Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain; Casa Árabe, Cordoba, Spain; La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia, Spain; New Positions, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany; Van Eyck, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Le 59e Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France; Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon; Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon; A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine; Qalandyia International Biennial, Qalandyia, Palestine; Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE; Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Anne Barrault, Paris, France.
Loser's club is a 5-month contemporary art project that started in March 2018, and will run until the end of July 2018 as part of Grey Noise's 10th anniversary. The project incorporates architectural, performative and curated interventions by various artists and writers. The idea behind Loser's club is to move away from a linear approach to exhibition making and operating as a gallery.
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