September 14, 2018

Between the Visible and the Invisible

Kingston School of Art at Kingston University London

Pia Sandström, "He happened not to be there" series, 2006. Photographic poster.

Artists: Pia Sandström, Broomberg & Chanarin, Chooc Ly Tan, Nikolaus Gansterer, Leah Fusco, Vladimir Nikolic and Oliver Ressler

Panel discussion: September 15, 6–7pm, Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad in conversation with the artists
Second Floor, Maraya Art Centre
Private view: September 15, 7–9pm, opening
Third Floor, Maraya Art Centre
Performance: September 15, 8–8:20pm, Acidulated Stellar Mix by Chooc Ly Tan
Second Floor, Maraya Art Centre
Talk: October 17, 6:30–8pm, Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Gansterer
Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, U.A.E
Curator's tour: October 19, 2–4pm, by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad
Third Floor, Maraya Art Centre

Maraya Art Centre is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Between the Visible and the Invisible, curated by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad, featuring the works of a group of seven international artists that include Pia Sandström (Stockholm), Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin (London), Chooc Ly Tan (Paris), Nikolaus Gansterer (Vienna), Leah Fusco (London), Vladimir Nikolic (Belgrade) and Oliver Ressler (Vienna). The exhibition’s opening will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 7pm. It will include a talk with the curator Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad at 6pm, and will host a live performance by Chooc Ly Tan at 8pm. The show will run until Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Following the exhibitions’ opening, there will be a public talk with Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Gansterer on Wednesday October 17 in Alserkal Avenue at 6:30pm, and a curator's tour at Maraya Art Centre on Friday, October 19 at 2pm with the curator Azadeh Fatehrad.

The exhibition Between the Visible and the Invisible refers to innovative forms of artistic practice in relation to memory, time and space—a moment when nothing is certain, concrete or stable; and how artistic practice could capture this sense of being "in-between".

The show stages a constellation of some of the most thought-provoking contemporary works developed through artistic research, inquiring into collective notions of memory, time and space. It is organised around three thematics: Disappearance, Suspension and Becoming. "Disappearance" focuses on the ephemerality of recorded memory via sound or image; "Suspension" expresses a presence that is invisible yet substantive, thinkable through feelings, and "Becoming" concerns the mediation between bodily drawings and the cohabitation in holding a certain space through limited time. In sum,viewers are able to experience a unique reality which is not graspable otherwise, inviting them to journey through the unknown land of "in-betweenness".

Between the Visible and the Invisible presents multidisciplinary artworks, among them, the selection includes Psychoréographies - a performative inquiry for inner and outer spaces (Nikolaus Gansterer), People in Trouble (Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin), Disobey to the Dance of Time and Not Such a Hasty Hush Boom (Chooc Ly Tan), Anubumin and The Visible and the Invisible (Oliver Ressler), Northeye (Leah Fusco), He happened not to be there (Pia Sandström), and Train passing (Valdimir Nikolic). More info here.

About the Curator
Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad is an artist and curator based at the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University London, working in the context of historical representation. Fatehrad’s research, artistic and curatorial practice are intertwined around a process of gathering information and generating new imagery in response to archival material she discovers. Her practice ranges from still and moving images to fictional stories, short films and artist books which have been exhibited internationally at the Royal Academy of Art (London), Somerset House (London), Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt am Main), Index: The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation (Stockholm), Lychee One Gallery (London) and The Barn Gallery (Oxford), among others. Fatehrad has received her practice-based PhD from the Royal College of Art (2016) and has conducted diverse projects across Europe and the Middle East, including at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam, AFDI Archiv für Forschung und Dokumentation Iran Berlin eV,Berlin, and the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (IICHS), Tehran. Underpinning Fatehrad’s research is a cross-cultural approach that looks at the artistic, social, aesthetic and political implications of ‘existing images’, and their relation to life today. Fatehrad has curated diverse public programmes such as Sohrab Shahid-Saless: Exiles at the Close-Up Film Centre, Goethe-Institut and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (2017–18); The Feminist Historiography at IASPIS, Stockholm (2016); and Witness 1979 at the Showroom, London (2015). Fatehrad is co-founder of Herstoriographies: The Feminist Media Archive Research Network in London and she is on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Journal for Artistic Research (JAR). Fatehrad is also the recipient of St. John’s College Artist in Residence 2018 at the University of Oxford.

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