Author: Vanessa Gravenor

Reframing Super Dreams | Comic Icons in Egypt and Lebanon

Berlin — Arab Comics | 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture, put together by curators Mona Damluji and Nadim Damluji, represents a cross section of research in publishing houses in Egypt and Lebanon that shows the translation and proliferation of Western comics into the Arab world. Such publishing houses include Dar Al-Hilal (Egypt), which translated […]

Equivalent Violence: Hiwa K’s Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet

Material detritus of war transforms into a receptacle of sound; sound intervenes revealing the interconnectivity of conflict—these are some of the motifs embedded within Hiwa K’s practice, which often uses poetic juxtapositions to make visible the refrain of violence. Part of the generation of refugees from Kurdish Iraq to escape in the 90’s, his work […]

Copy/Paste

The Exhibition Copy/Paste, curated by Shahram Entekhabi, and taking place at Tarahan Azad Art Gallery, Tehran and CC. art space, Isfahan from April 22nd to July 14th explores the idea of duplication and reproduction within Western and Islamic art. Shahram Entekhabi, Iranian/German curator, asks how the ideas present within Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art […]

Two Takes on India’s Independence

Sachin Bonde and Poonam Jain both explored India’s Colonial past and post-Independence realities at Dubai’s 1×1 gallery’s India Art Fair booth A vision etched in gypsum lies vertical, divided like loose leaves of paper torn out of old notebooks. A map made of tin stands straight, with cartographic lines etched across its form, tracking its […]

Kerry James Marshall Mastry at the Met

Why have there been no great women artists, wrote Lynda Nochlan in 1971 in her seminal essay. Several years later, we are still asking that question, but it has expanded to engage a multiplicity of underrepresentation. The answers are of course clear: there have been, but women, people of color, and black artists simply get […]

Encounter Poetic Laughter and Absurdism in Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy’s first comprehensive solo show in the United States shows his perspective on time, told through pop-paintings, objects, photography, and film Chicago — Basim Magdy’s first comprehensive show in the United States The Stars were aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, Basim Magdy’s (b. 1977 Egypt) meditates on a past notion of a future, which […]