Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary I

26 Apr 2016 – 14 Aug 2016

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 21:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

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Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus: 25, 205, 254
  • Aldgate East / Aldgate
  • Liverpool Street
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In the third presentation, photography and video works made between 1990 – 98 go on display.


Highlights include Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s photograph Rue la Liberté (2000) of two men embracing with their backs to the camera. The image is part of Barrada’s wider series ‘The Strait Project’ (1998-2004) which documented individuals waiting to escape to Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar over a decade.

Photographs from Lebanese artist duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s series ‘Faces’ (2009) are also on show. Since the civil wars in Lebanon began, portraits of men who have died fighting for a political or religious cause cover walls across the city. Hadjithomas and Joreige documented some of these posters that have been distorted over time and the process of redrawing some of the faded faces, exploring issues around image circulation, availability and marking moments in history.

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