Mar 15 2018

AAP MONTHLY PICKS: March–April, 2018

by The Editors

Walking On The Fade Out Lines

Mar 24–May 27

Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

PAOLA PIVI, Have You Seen Me Before, 2008, polyurethane foam, feathers, plastic, wood and steel, 200 × 108 × 100 cm. Courtesy Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.

This spring, Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) collaborates with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo to examine the uncanny found in our immediate environment through an exhibition of 29 works by 23 international artists. Curated by RAM’s director Larys Frogier and senior curator Hsieh Fong-Rong, the display will present a diverse range of works—including those of Italian visual artist Paola Pivi, American multimedia and performance artist Paul McCarthy, Canadian installation artist duo Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, and British-Egyptian multimedia artist Hassan Khan, among others—selected from the Italian foundation’s permanent collection. Highlights of the show include Shanghai-based artist Song Tao’s video, which recounts the development of the city’s landscape over the past two decades, and new, site-specific, commissioned works by multimedia artist Zhang Ruyi, whose assemblages of organic plants and geometric concrete structures reflect on the relationship we have with our increasingly industrialized environs.

Tarek Atoui: The Ground: From the Land to the Sea

Mar 24–Jun 24

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Photo documentation of TAREK ATOUI’s I/E recordings in Athens, 2015. Photo and copyright Alexandre Guirkinger. Courtesy the artist. 

“The Ground: From the Land to the Sea” will present Lebanese-born, Paris-based performance artist and composer Tarek Atoui’s ongoing projects: I/E and The Ground, both of which began in 2015, taking sound as a method to investigate the essence of places. In this iteration of I/E, Atoui collaborates with French sound artist Eric La Casa to mesh the subaqueous sounds of Athens, Abu Dhabi and Singapore to create an immersive composition of unusual sonic material. The presentation of The Ground—a survey of sounds from the Pearl River Delta’s natural environment collected over the last five years—will be accompanied by unorthodox musical elements to explore new modes of performance. In addition to the main exhibition at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, musicians Vivian Wang, Yuen Chee Wai and music curator Mark Wong will take turns to invite other sound artists to inhabit Atoui’s music.

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa

Apr 11–Jun 17

Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano, Milan, Italy

Installation view of KADER ATTIA’s Untitled (Ghardaïa), 2009, installation with couscous, two inkjet prints and five photocopy prints, 500 cm in diameter, at “But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2016. Photo by David Heald. Copyright Kader Attia. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Previously mounted at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2016, the traveling exhibition “But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise” moves to Milan to present an international array of works across several media—including drawings, photographs, installation and video—investigating themes of movement, migration and architecture in the context of Middle Eastern and North African colonial histories. Among the 13 artists included in the show are Egyptian artist Iman Issa, Saudi artist Ahmed Mater, and French-Algerian multidisciplinary artist Kader Attia, many of whose works engage with the effects of colonialism in the region and are centered on the idea of repair.

Bouchra Khalili

Apr 13–Jun 17

Secession, Vienna, Austria

BOUCHRA KHALILI, The Tempest Society, 2017, still from digital film: 60 min. Courtesy the artist.

The Secession will host French-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili’s first solo presentation in Austria. Exhibits include “The Mapping Journey Project” (2008–11), an eight-channel video installation, which traces the clandestine routes of illegal migration from all over the world to the Mediterranean, and The Tempest Society (2017), an hour-long video featuring three Athenians from different backgrounds analyzing the current sociopolitical condition of Greece. Exploring fringe histories that work against Western hegemonic narratives, these films provide a critical platform to voice the forgotten legacies of marginalized groups and to visualize the resurgence of a revolutionary spirit. The presentation of her works will be a sounding board for transversal stories that are embedded in global politics, addressing issues of equality, citizenship and self-empowerment.    

Subodh Gupta

Apr 13–Aug 26

Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France

SUBODH GUPTA, Very Hungry God, 2006, stainless steel and stainless steel utensils, 400 x 320 × 390 cm. Copyright Subodh Gupta. Courtesy the artist and Pinault Collection, Paris.

Situated along the Seine at Musée du 11 Conti, where visitors can witness the minting of the country’s coins, Monnaie de Paris will present France’s first major retrospective dedicated to the works of Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta. Although formally trained as a painter, Gupta’s practice has since shifted to incorporate ready-made, everyday items in India, such as the dabba (traditional meal boxes) and ubiquitous stainless steel utensils, to create large-scale sculptures and installations. His monumental projects are constructed from repeated forms cast in bronze, brass, copper and nickel, and address issues of survival, sustenance, sustainability and disparity of wealth that suffuse daily life on the Indian subcontinent. Along with the display of earlier works will be the artist’s more recent, previously unseen pieces that experiment with sound.