Here and Elsewhere
Edited by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Natalie Bell, Negar Azimi, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Sarah Stephenson. Foreword by Lisa Phillips. Text by Natalie Bell, Massimiliano Gioni, Media Farzin, Yasmine El Rashidi.
This catalogue, accompanying the New Museum exhibition Here and Elsewhere, presents the work of over 45 artists who share roots in the Arab world and a critical sensibility with regard to images and image-making. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a 1976 film-essay by Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin and Anne-Marie Miéville. Their film, Ici et ailleurs, was conceived as a pro-Palestinian documentary, but evolved into a complex reflection on the ethics of representation. Taking inspiration from this film—which has had a strong impact on Arab artists--Here and Elsewhere examines the role of the artist in the face of historical events. An anthology of critical texts edited by Bidoun magazine highlights the critical discussions that have animated contemporary art in the Arab world. Among the artists included are Fouad Elkoury, Hrair Sarkissian, Hassan Sharif, Anna Boghiguian, Simone Fattal, Ziad Antar and Etel Adnan.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
The New York Times
the New Museum's 2014 exhibition of contemporary art from the Arab world "Here and Elsewhere," gave us work by dozens of artists we barely know from Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. And the catalog, edited in collaboration with Bidoun magazine, delivers something equally vital: information, factual, critical, and personal. Like most surveys of art from "elsewhere," the show was open season for critical nit-picking about who was in and who was left out. The book, however, devoted to larger issues, is a solid, invaluable, full-to-the-brim sourcebook that future exhibitions will build on.