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"Farah Bajull: Untying the Knot"
2001-09-19 until 2001-10-26
Institute of International Visual Arts
Farah Bajull creates powerful, intensely direct work that focuses on the
notions of protection, vulnerability, fear and survival. For her residency exhibition at TheSpace@inIVA, Bajull creates a new work
centring on a 20-metre long worry bead that is transformed into a knot - an
obstinate mass that is at once seductive and inert.
Bajull's new work expands the interdisciplinary approach that she has
recently developed. Her practice represents a compelling merger of divergent
visual forms: ranging from carefully constructed objects to stand-alone
photographs, Bajull often generates imagery from her own performance
documentation or video footage. Alongside the charged, invigorated nature of
her subject matter, it is this fusion of procedures that defines Bajull's
Bajull belongs to a burgeoning group of young, female artists from the
Middle East who tackle issues of national and female identity, and of race
and gender representation. In commissioning Bajull, inIVA is continuing its
practice of proactively supporting emerging artists at an early stage in
Farah Bajull graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 1996 and gained her MA
at the Royal College of Art in 1998. Her recent exhibitions include 'Us and
Them,' University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield; 'ARK 2000,' Café
Gallery Projects, London; 'Handbag,' City Gallery, Leicester; 'Four Degrees
In the Open,' Standpoint Gallery, London.