This spring, some of the most noteworthy international and Swedish contemporary artists in moving images will be visiting Moderna Museet.
There are epic qualities in portrayals from the war and the fronts. The subject is as timeless and intriguing as the conflicts appear endless; from Homer to Hurt Locker, from Sun Zi to Al Jazeera. But with constant updates in media reports on conflict zones, we as spectators become numbed and insensitive to the fragmented flow of images and stories.
Omer Fast, Wael Shawky and Natalia Almada work with moving images, in different practices, but with points in common. The works in this relay exhibition discuss given conflicts and political scenarios, in the present or past. They challenge the terms for cinematic narrative and the requirements for portraying a reality. Whereas art, like film, occasionally embraces almost fetishistic expressions of violence, these artists employ distance and circumlocution as their most effective tools. Without presenting answers or truths, they allow us to focus our gaze.
Artist talks three Fridays at 6 pm:
22 February: Omer Fast
22 March: Wael Shawky
19 April: Natalia Almada
Admission free, in English.
In the Mini Cinema:
The works by the artists will be featured in the Mini Cinema a few weeks following the event, until the next artist takes over.
23 February-21 March: Omer Fast, 5000 Feet is the Best, 2011
23 March-17 April: Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010
20 April-19 May: Natalia Almada, El Velador, 2011
22 FEBRUARY - 21 MARCH 2013
Omer Fast (Israel, b. 1972) creates scenarios where the boundary between reality and fiction is dissolved, often based on reports and eyewitness accounts of war situations.
22 MARCH - 17 APRIL 2013
Wael Shawky (Egypt, b. 1971) films and video installations highlight events that have led to social change in the Arab world, with regard to politics, religion or the arts.
19 APRIL - 19 MAY 2013
Natalia Almada (Mexico, b. 1974) scrutinises the violent underbelly of Mexican society in a series of experimental documentaries.
Curator: Lena Essling