Holly White: ORANGE WORLD
Opening: Friday December 1st 7-10
December 1st – January 6th
We could see the orange dome in the near distance, smaller than its name suggested; newspaper painted with the words “still open” was taped on a burnt-out car, painted orange, sitting out front.
On the bike trailer we had a crate of dusty, but still drinkable, capri-sun, and we were looking forward to seeing what Orange World had to offer in exchange. It would mostly be much of the same; sugary orange drinks seemed to be the most prevalent orange-related food, and they preserved really well. There would also be real oranges. We had already seen some on the trees along the side of the road, we could have helped ourselves but had decided to wait.
Of course, oranges weren’t really the point; Orange World was the only info spot for miles. There would probably be a computer, maybe some solar power. It would be somewhere to exchange news and somewhere to hang out for a few days in the company of new people.
Mohammed Abd Alwasi: The Memory of Hunger
Runs November 4 – November 25th.
Open Thursday’s and Friday’s from 4 – 7 or by appointment firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m living with the daily death in Iraq. I am referring to these massacres, sectarian killings, migration, forced displacement, death by suicide bombs, and the killing by identity. I think that art is not only about producing beauty, but it’s wider.”
-Mohammed Abd Alwasi
Comprised of twelve photographs, this show skims the surface of Mohammed Abd Alwasi’s general practice and focuses tightly on images he made of his sculptures or assembled objects. Working most commonly in performance, Abd Alwasi usually makes site-specific pieces in and around the city of Hilla, Iraq, where he lives, located about 100 km south of Baghdad near the ancient ruins of Babylon. This region is situated directly in a tumultuous conflict zone and has been the site of numerous atrociously violent attacks since 2003 which have killed thousands of people and all but flattened much of the city. Generally he longs for peace and works through art in an attempt to speak the truth of his situation, and of the situation in this region, seemingly in a state of perpetual civil war. Seeing as the performances are very much rooted in their location, the images on display here function more as entry points: like isolated props from a piece of theater, they provide an addendum to his larger project.
Photos by Roberto Ruiz.