Editor-Researcher Denise Clarke explores the role and nature of artistic research practices in the extra-commercial exhibitions and activities at Abu-Dhabi Art 2018.
How does one try to lead a different way of looking at things? It’s not about feeding the bourgeois discourse of Bataille or Barthes, my drawings are about solitude, about the inability to transfer eroticism between different social classes.
Image: WE ARE REVOLTING AGAINST THE NIGHTMARE, Soufiane Ababri
I was bringing together two seemingly disparate groups of people, both of whom can be considered as important to British identity .
Image: Still from The Mother’s Bones, 2016 - Courtesy of the Artist
‘Refugees conquer the Museum Island and make this country with its cultural institutions their own.” Professor Dr Stefan Weber, Director Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin.
Guides des Projekts “Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum“. © Staatliche Museen Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Foto Milena Schlösser.
Haythem Zakaria in conversation with Arts Cabinet
Working with the landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and in connection with his research project with Arts Cabinet, Zakaria created an oeuvre in which art becomes epistemological research in the question for archetypal figures.
Image: Interstices, Opus III - Courtesy of the Artist
Setareh Fatehi // Shahrzad Irannejad
Bodiless Heads is a metaphor, a hypothesis, an imaginary state that relates to the evasive, multi-layered cultures of courtesy evolved over time particularly, but not exclusively, within Iran’s [cultural] borders.
Shiraz Bayjoo in conversation with Arts Cabinet
I generally start with stories that emerge from my research. I work with personal and private archives, vernacular histories, literary and academic texts. Ultimately, my research process is about asking multiple questions about identity and belonging.
Image: Bow Boys Archive, 2012 - Courtesy of the Artist
Hybrid migration | Syria, Morocco
A floating bridge invites us to build connections and empathy towards the unknown. Will it eternally float ?
Image: Unwritten Melody, Casa Arabe | Laura M Lombardia , Madrid, 2017
The Atlas Mountains, Maghreb
Potential Archaeologies is a research project inscribed in Haythem Zakaria’s practice, which reflects specifically on the multiple possibilities of looking at the Atlas Mountains through landscape and mythology.
This workshop looks at 2 artist/researcher projects developed by Arts Cabinet on the topic of migration and explores processes of creating, disseminating and undoing narratives in the interplay between cultural heritage, migration and constructions of place.
Setareh Fatehi and Shahrzad Irannejad (Iran) perform ideas, bodies and movement at major migration conference in the UK.
Movement and Migration in the Middle East
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Edinburgh, July 2017
Utopian as all this might sound, Tate’s conference was not all about hazy reminiscence and vague hagiography (…), a central concern became the merits or otherwise of large conferences as representing state/institutional voices vis-a vis grassroots organisations, non-institutional voices.
The anthropologist Bernard Muller accounts how he explored the uniqueness of an original practice, which goes beyond traditional research frameworks.
Interview by Dr Annabelle Boissier, 2017
Only through close interactions between civic societies can genuine cultural exchange can take place.
Image: The Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Courtesy Erik Vlaeminck
Politics always come first. We are not able to just start to look at art practices and simply see how they produce imaginary settings in which people are creating political and other possibilities. Once more, it’s the agency of art that is underestimated.
Dr Annabelle Boissier interviews Art Anthropologist and Historian Kirsten Scheid, 2017
Tourab, Syria Art in Brussels
Svetlana Sequeira Costa interviews Arts Cabinet Advisor Alma Salem, as she opens Tourab in Brussels, an exhibition sponsored by Goethe Institut and designed to provoke, challenge and give voice to unheard and vulnerable individuals in Syria and the world.
Brussels, April 2018
Art certainly does play a part in knowledge production: we understand a lot about our being in the world and our cultural histories through art.
Dr Laurie Benson interviews Lola Frost about the relationship between her own artistic practice and research.