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

23 Aug 2016 – 8 Jan 2017

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

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  • Bus: 25, 205, 254
  • Aldgate East / Aldgate
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The fourth and final display explores how artists using various media artistically engage with the cities where they either live or work.


Highlights include Micro Council (2013) by GCC which is a wood, brass and acrylic sculpture resembling in miniature, the circular round table where the leaders of the six Gulf States meet. The work critiques the self-importance of the six leaders and their recent talks on the formation of a Gulf Union.

Also on show is Etel Adnan’s Champs de Petrol (2013), a two-metre tapestry that uses brightly coloured abstract forms in the form of a map to suggest a sequence of oilfields, while Iman Issa imagines a shimmering and fragile glass monument for Tahrir Square in Cairo with Proposal for a Crystal Building (2014).

Jumana Manna examines public spaces through her sculpture Unlicensed Porch, Jabal al-Mukaber (2014) of a limestone porch taken from territories in East Jerusalem.

This final display also includes Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s The All-Hearing (2014), a single-channel video that examines noise pollution in Cairo.


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