To show how the decline of video in our daily life can broaden our space, become part of our life, provided we are open to breaking down our walls and allocating the time for a shared encounter. Works by 10 international artists. For the Annual Banner project this year's the commissioned artist is Lara Baladi.
Curated by the gallerist and curator Chantal Crousel
Video works by nine contemporary artists will occupy both the inside and the outside of The Pavilion Downtown Dubai. The works chosen have in common the relationship to a remote landscape, be it a cityscape, or even a mental representation of the cosmos in a metaphoric way. They invite the viewer to take a two hour journey beyond the familiar. The videos interact with one another, as well as with the surrounding scenes inside and outside The Pavilion.
Conceived for The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, this singular project aims to show how the decline of video in our daily life can broaden our space, become part of our life, provided we are open to breaking down our walls and allocating the time for a shared encounter.
All the artists in this exhibition are represented by the Chantal Crousel Gallery, Paris, France.
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
March 17, 2012 – March 17th, 2013
Annual Banner Commission 2012
‘Flea-ing me, a life in progress’
This year’s commissioned artist for the Annual Banner project is Lara Baladi. Curated by Juan A. Gaitan, the 40-meter banner wraps around the corner of the building’s facade and will be visible from the street and neighboring buildings, promoting public art in its various forms.
‘Flea-ing me, a life in progress,’ has been conceived as a visual exploration of the artist’s aesthetic realities, and as a consideration of the different stages that have defined baladi’s practice over the past 15 years. The work stems from baladi’s continuous search, collection and grouping of unrelated objects and images that she has come across throughout this period, from different countries around the world. She creates visual combinations, which give rise to narratives often reflecting on themes such as paradise, personal universes and popular mythologies.
Almost three years have elapsed since we first met at Lara Baladi’s studio in Cairo, and now this studio has become the subject of our first collaboration: an image-based project for the façade of The Pavilion Downtown Dubai. This is the first in a series of upcoming reports that will outline the conditions of this collaboration, the thoughts that we have been sharing, and the progress of an idea.
We have assumed this project and collaboration as an opportunity to re-think the relationship between the artist’s studio and the reality that surrounds it, to explore and re-think the artist’s studio as a space in which production is both intimate and purposeful. But also as a repository of ideas, and as a collection, and as an image of the artist’s professional life, and as a space that exists in a relative and perhaps necessary disparity with the everyday life of the artist as a citizen.
The Pavilion Downtown Dubai is the city’s newest dedicated non-profit contemporary art space providing a place to view, discuss and participate in works by local and international artists. Developed by the multidivisional group Cultural Engineering, The Pavilion is a unique hub for a diverse range of art events offering a platform to promote an active arts community to the public and to support the work of a rising generation of artists in the region.
Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Library and Cinema
The Pavilion Downtown Dubai
Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Everyday, 10am – 12am