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Cross-border Contemporary Female Artists from the Arabian Mediterranean Region

27 Apr - 08 Sep 2013

Faten Rouissi: "Art dans la rue – Art dans le quartier", 2011–2013, Performance with car wreck, © Faten Rouissi
Still from: Susan Hefuna, ANA/ICH, 2006, single channel video, color, sound 3:52 Min.

© Susan Hefuna
Mona Hatoum, Bourj II, 2011, Mild steel tubing

© Mona Hatoum, Courtesy Galerie
Max Hetzler, Berlin
Photo: def image
Arwa Abouon, Abouon Mama, 2004, c-print

© Arwa Abouon
Still from: Amal Kenawy, Silence of Sheep, 2009, video of performance, color, sound, 8:51 min.

© The Amal Kenawy Estate
Still from: Rana ElNemr, Telekinesis, 2007, single channel video, color, no sound, 1:33 min.

© Rana ElNemr
Yto Barrada, Belvedere 1, Tanger, 2001, silver print

© Yto Barrada, Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg/Beirut and Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt am Main
Oraib Toukan, The New(er) Middle
East, 2007, interactive puzzle: magnet,
plastic, iron sheets

© Oraib Toukan, Courtesy Nadour Collection

Mouna Jemal Siala, Memories, 2010, digital photograph

© Mouna Jemal Siala

Still from the series The Mapping Journey Project: Bouchra Khalili, Mapping Journey # 1, 2008, one channel video, color, sound, 4:30 Min.

© Bouchra Khalili, Courtesy Galerie Polaris, Paris und galerieofmarseille, Marseille
An exhibition at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening: Fri, April 26, 2013, 7 p.m., ZKM/HfG, Atrium 3

Over the course of the “Arab Spring” the region to the south of the Mediterranean is undergoing a state of transformation, the events of which are followed in Europe with great interest, but also with hope and skepticism. With respect to content, the focus of the exhibition “Cross-border” is on artist’s critical investigation of various thematic aspects of the concept of borders, the attitudes and approaches to borders and strategies of overcoming them. Questions emerge within the context of the exhibition, which adopt a clear position to this issue and elaborate a range of solutions, which treat regionally specific, political or cultural aspects.

The eighteen artists whose works are represented in the exhibition are globally networked. Several of them have spent many years abroad, a number of them currently in foreign countries or else commute between different countries. The exhibition offers a differentiated perspective on the region through the works of the artists, which invite viewers to reevaluate biased perspectives and misinterpretations.

Artists: Arwa Abouon, Lara Baladi, Anna Boghiguian, Yto Barrada, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Diana El Jeiroudi, Rana ElNemr, Reem Ghazzi, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Emily Jacir, Amal Kenawy, Bouchra Khalili, Diala Khasawnih, Randa Mirza, Faten Rouissi, Mouna Jemal Siala, Oraib Toukan

Curator: Elisabeth Klotz
Cooperation Partners: Kulturfestival Frauenperspektiven, Karlsruhe

Tags: Arwa Abouon, Lara Baladi, Yto Barrada, Anna Boghiguian, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Emily Jacir, Amal Kenawy, Bouchra Khalili