Posts Tagged ‘Hiba Ali’

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GEORGE KUCHAR // ICEBERG PROJECTS

by Hiba Ali click here to download PDF Our relationships are precious. For George Kuchar, this message is prominent in Bocko, his recent exhibition at Iceberg Projects, featuring work on and inspired by his dog and lifelong companion. Known for his campy, over the top aesthetic, this exhibition reveals the softer and more intimate side[…]

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MICHAEL RAKOWITZ // GRAHAM FOUNDATION & RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY

by Hiba Ali The history of modernism is wrapped within it a city’s architecture and communities. Buildings not only reflect the trends in vogue, but also taste—the concept of ‘social capital’ coined by Pierre Bourdieu—used to describe a historicized socio-political class construction, coded with value.[i] These ongoing imprints are reflected in Louis Sullivan’s architectural language,[…]

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MUDROOM // THE MISSION

by Hiba Ali In a dimly lit gallery space of THE MISSION, Austen Brown’s MUDROOM (2016) features three television screens hoisted on black poles with looping videos. The videos review the process of shale procurement, an extraction of the mud-based sedimentary rock, and the industry’s aftermath in North Dakota’s Bakken region. The Bakken shale formation stretches from[…]

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NEXO/NEXUS | DEPAUL ART MUSEUM

by Hiba Ali For people of color, the existence of communities is framed within the Western political framework as perpetually “new” — as though to presuppose a previously absent history. Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest, currently on view at the DePaul Art Museum, contravenes and corrects this narrow socio-political assessment. The works featureed[…]

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HOME GROUND: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION

by Hiba Ali Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki in modernist style, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario opened to the public in 2014. Their most recent exhibition, Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation, which closed earlier this month, featured twelve artists from the collection whose work depicts the transformative and unsettling[…]

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FLOW/IM FLUSS // LUFTWERK

In Conversation with Hiba Ali Luftwerk (meaning in English, “air-work”) is a duo that consists of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero—and if you haven’t experienced their light, sound and (more recently) fluid installations, you’ve certainly passed by them. Starting this week, they will exhibit FLOW / Im Fluss, in collaboration with Chicago Loop Alliance, Goethe-Institut Chicago, Friends[…]

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HELSINGISTÄ // WESTERN EXHIBITIONS

by Hiba Ali Helsingistä, the title of the exhibition currently on view at Western Exhibitions, means to be from Helsinki. The title anchors the geographical coordinates for the artists, Ari Pelkonen and Valpuri Kylmänen. Versed in the techniques of lithography and woodcut printing, Pelkonen and Kylmänen, have been working alongside each other ever since they met[…]

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MARCO BRAUNSCHWEILER // DOCUMENT

by Hiba Ali Photo lapses, late nights, decay, and the accumulation of debris; these circumstances may appear as a randomized assortment, but have one particular quantifier in common: time. An essential aspect of Marco Braunschweiler‘s I want to be an honest man and a good writer, currently on view at Document, is how time and[…]

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MISTAKES HAVE HIDDEN INTENTION // DEVENING PROJECTS + EDITIONS

by Hiba Ali Disruptions, fissures, and cracks figure largely in the press release for Mistakes Have Hidden Intention, currently on view at devening projects + editions. The work involves the act of displacement through the arrangement of forms. The artists featured in the exhibition are all affiliated with Scotty Enterprises, a gallery project in Kreuzburg,[…]

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UNBOUND // MCA CHICAGO

by Hiba Ali Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo hails Frida’s role as a harbinger of art and politics of the present. Her practice is encapsulated through current cultural politics and the performativity of gender – depictions of the body in this exhibition could be seen as acted upon by politics, and the industrial practices[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // LATIFA ECHAKHCH

by Hiba Ali PARIS, FR. Latifa Echakhch’s installations displace concrete understandings of habituated space.  Her most recent exhibition at galerie kamel mennour, All around fades to a heavy sound, featured a curtain made of canvas, depicting an archetypal sky. As the fabric rolls out onto the gallery space, the perfect color blue is met with[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // HANK WILLIS THOMAS

by Hiba Ali At its core, the work of Hank Willis Thomas asks his viewers to observe how mass media constructs the myth of race and identity. In his multi-venue exhibition, currently on view Cleveland, Ohio, is his entire early major series, the 82-part photographs within Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America, 1968–2008, on display[…]

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PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // NORA SCHULTZ

by Hiba Ali In the Renaissance Society’s current exhibition of Nora Schultz, parrottree – building for bigger than real, the extendable and retractable poles of tripods construct a type of second architecture for the space. Sounds of birds commingle with traces of the Peregrine Falcon and monk parakeets. Presented in collaboration with Andy Ortmann, the[…]