Newsletter, Feb 2016
I have had an incredibly busy start to the year! A lot of very exciting things are happening! But first and foremost, I am very happy to announce the big news: IT IS NOW OFFICIAL I have now joined and am being represented by the wonderful people at Galeri Zilberman in Istanbul. Stay tuned for upcoming exhibitions!
Film still “As Birds Flying/Kama Tohalleq al Teyour” 2016
Jan 22: My short article “The Question of Artistic Freedom” posted on Doppiozero reflecting on my involvement (with my students) in the AtWork Cairo workshop at Darb 1718. Read it here: http://www.doppiozero.com/materiali/why-africa/question-artistic-freedom
Jan 22-26, Santa Barbara: I took part in the “After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolution Experience and Future Visions” conference with an incredible roster of people doing incredible work in and about Egypt. I gave my paper talk “Techno-Social Dreams: Digital Remembrance in the Egyptian Revolution” and screened select films from “Project Speak2Tweet” in the “Egyptian Insurgency Film Festival”. More information here: http://aftertahrir.net/
Jan 28, London: I was honored to have been invited by Serpentine Galleries and artist Simon Denny to take part in a panel on Culturehacking. We talked about networks, power, revolution and surveillance with Charlotte Higgins (moderator), Simon Denny (artist) Brett Scott (author), Ryan Gallagher (journalist, The Intercept), Heba Y. Amin (artist). See the full post-presentation discussion here: https://vimeo.com/155505775
Jan 30 – Apr 10, Hamburg: Opening of the exhibition “Fluidity” curated by Bettina Steinbrügge (Kunstverein in Hamburg), Nina Möntmann (Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm) and Vanessa Joan Müller (Kunsthalle Vienna).
50 years later: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 2016 is a cross-reference show on the permanent state of transformation which surrounds us, focused on the so-called conceptual art that questions the world we live in. A world in which the old forms—of work, of behavior, of art—no longer fit and new forms have yet to be outlined.
Sarah Abu Abdallah, Heba Amin, Eleanor Antin, Darren Bader, Tyler Coburn, Simon Denny, Jason Dodge, Maria Eichhorn, Dora Garcia, Liam Gillick, Melanie Gilligan, Goldin+Senneby, Pierre Huyghe, Roberto Jacoby, Hanne Lippard, Lee Lozano, Mathias Poledna, Mladen Stilinovic, UBERMORGEN, more info here: http://www.kunstverein.de/englisch/exhibitions/current/20160129.php
Jan 29, Rotterdam: “The Arabian Street Artists” screening “Homeland is Not a Series” at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam with Field of Vision. More info here: https://iffr.com/en/2016/films/field-of-vision
Feb 2-7, Berlin: I was invited to take part in Transmediale this year on various panels: “Panic Room Session: Post-Digital Anxiety” moderated by Clemens Apprich, Diana McCarty with: Heba Y. Amin, Bani Brusadin, Özge Çelikaslan, David Garcia, Brian Holmes, Eric Kluitenberg, Elizabeth Losh Pit Schultz, Alper Şen, Nishant Shah, Clemens Apprich, Diana McCarty; “Five Years After” with Esra’a Al Shafei, Heba Y. Amin, Lara Baladi, Özge Çelikaslan, Alper Şen, moderated by Oliver Lerone Schultz; “MediaActs” with Heba Y. Amin, David Garcia, Eric Kluitenberg, Simona Levi, moderated by Clemens Apprich. Listen to the “MediaActs” audio archive here: http://2016.transmediale.de/content/mediaacts
More info about Transmediale here: http://2016.transmediale.de/
Feb 9, Hamburg: Artist talk, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Heba Amin in conversation with Nadine Droste
Feb 12, Berlin: After Sara Fattahi’s film COMA, we talked about POWER at Woche der Kritik Berlin.
In the face of political power and its violence, digital imagery is in an asymmetric position. It does, however, challenge power relations within cinema. To what aim and how? Debate guests: Fadi Abdelnour (Artistic Director of Alfilm Film Festival), Heba Amin (Artist), Jay Weissberg (Variety film critic and Artistic Director of Pordenone Silent Film Festival). Moderator: Joseph Fahim (Woche der Kritik) Full discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52QMhyTlpZs
Feb 14-15, Berlin: BERLINALE PREMIERE SCREENING of my new short film “As Birds Flying/Kama Tohalleq al Teyour”. More info here: https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_id=201614559#tab=filmStills.
My film was also featured on artnet.com’s “The Ultimate Guide to All Things at the Berlin Film Festival” https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-guide-berlin-film-festival-426239
Feb 24 – May 8, Marrakech: I am very excited to share my new work “The Earth is an Imperfect Ellipsoid” at the Marrakech Biennale with the parallel projects. More info here: http://www.marrakechbiennale.org/parallel-projects/artists
March 19, Dubai: Screening of “As Birds Flying / Kama Tohalleq al Teyour” at Art Dubai Film
May 3, Dakar: I will be among a roster of 65 stellar artists selected by curator Simon Njami for Dak’Art 2016. More info here: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/dakar-biennial-2016-415733. I was also selected as one of “seven of the artists to look forward to this May” by True Africa: http://trueafrica.co/lists/true-loves-look-7-artists-exhibiting-dakart-biennale-2016/#.VrKUGXljuLs.facebook
May 17, Istanbul: I will have my first project exhibition at Galeri Zilberman’s project space. More info soon.