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"Some Stories: Women artists from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey"
2005-04-01 until 2005-04-24
Kunsthalle Wien, Museumsquartier
Heard in this video exhibition are women artists from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey ,
living both at home and abroad, who tell their individual narratives of being female. They move in the tense field of
tradition and progress, regionalism and internationalism, exile and immigration, religious value systems and Western
capitalist influences. Their multifaceted works show extremely diverse possibilities for identity.
Identities shift in culture clashes, the translation between Arabic and Western languages and world pictures proves
difficult. Women must confront the projections with which they are denounced by both East and West and must find
their place between the simultaneous poles of capitalism and cult. So as not to become immersed in the indifference
of the public realm and mass media hegemony, it is necessary for women to reposition themselves and appear in a
world in which they set a self-affirmative example and announce their art and their opinions.
Artists who are now living in Istanbul, London, Cairo, Damaskus, New York and Vienna show subjective stories in film
and video: The constructions and also deconstructions, impressions of and statements about the female identity
range from work as being a moment that endows identity to a mother-daughter relationship, from psychoanalytical
interpretations of family structures to a slightly documentarystyle exploration of the status of being pregnant...
Panoramic overviews are broken by specific political and personal experiences, regional close-ups, and transcultural
and multiperspective approaches. Narratives, documentaries, and fictions collect in digital images to form a series of
impressions that demonstrate a diverse array of realities and visions of femininity. The videos suggested by the
artists, in keeping with the demands of Edward Said, allow personal and sudden insight into a theme that is difficult
to grasp. A kaleidoscopic collection of narratives thus emerges, which asks questions for which there exist no final
and unambiguous answers.
Participating artists: Lara Baladi, Mona Hatoum, Diana El Jeiroudi, Gülsün Karamustafa, Amal Kenawy, Shirin
Neshat, Nura (anonymous artist), Zineb Sedira
Curators: Róza El-Hassan, Gerald Matt