Veil comes to Modern Art Oxford in November after its successful tour to the New Art Gallery Walsall and the Bluecoat Gallery and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. It is the final chance, in this country, to see the first exhibition solely devoted to exploring the representation of the veil, its politics and poetics, in contemporary visual art.
Initiated by Zineb Sedira (artist, curator), developed by Jananne Al-Ani, (artist, curator) and Sedira, and curated by David A. Bailey (curator, writer), Sedira and Gilane Tawadros (director, inIVA), Veil is an inIVA touring exhibition.
The exhibition presents the work of a wide range of international artists and film-makers. It addresses the cultural significance of the veil in all its complexity and ambiguity, challenging any single or fixed cultural interpretation.
Veil includes photography, film, video and sculpture and unites historical material with contemporary works, from Clˇrambault's early 20th century studies of veiled figures and Gillo Pontecorvo's ground-breaking documentary-style film The Battle of Algiers (1965) to contemporary works by internationally known artists Ghada Amer, Emily Jacir and Shirin Neshat.
Alongside existing key works newly commissioned projects are presented. Oxford specific pieces include a video performance by Harold Offeh and a new image by the Moscow based art collective, the AES Art Group as part of the series The Witnesses of the Future: Islamic Project. Modern Art Oxford will also exhibit the two photographs by the AES Art Group.
AES Art Group
Gaetan de Clerambault
Veil: Veiling, Representation and Contemporary Art is published alongside the exhibition, with essays by Jananne Al-Ani, David A. Bailey, Alison Donnell, Hamid Naficy, Zineb Sedira and Gilane Tawadros, with a preface by Reina Lewis and reprinted texts by Leila Ahmed, Frantz Fanon and Ahdaf Soueif. Edited by David A. Bailey and Gilane Tawadros, and published by inIVA in association with Modern Art Oxford.
Paperback £17.50 ISBN 1899846352
Veil is complemented by a programme of special events organised by Modern Art Oxford including talks, weekend tours and workshops.
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