The Consortium Commissions
We are delighted to announce the opening of Haig Aivazian’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes, at The Showroom in London, as part of the second edition of Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions (2020/2022).
All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes brings together new iterations of Haig’s long-term research surrounding surveillance strategies in public space, and includes a new presentation of the eponymous video essay. There, Haig opens up reflections upon the use of light to spot, invigilate and make visible; as well as its use as a tool to divert attention. Tracing the public administration of light and darkness as a policing strategy, the work focuses as much on where light is shed as on what is purposely left in the dark.
A first iteration of the exhibition was presented at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 2021.
Haig Aivazian (b. 1980) lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Working across a range of media and modes of address, he delves into the ways in which power embeds, affects, and moves people, objects, animals, landscape, and architecture. Haig has explored apparatuses of control and sovereignty at work in sports, museums, and music. Haig’s multi-faceted practice is animated by research and an eye toward the productive potential of chance connections. His works are often framed by what he calls “narrative conductors”—such as fire, electricity, or sports—which become means to draw out the interplay between technology, subjectivity, and structures of control.
Initiated by Mophradat, the Consortium Commissions is an innovative model for co-commissioning art projects by emerging artists from the Arab world. Every two years, Mophradat creates a network of collaborating partner museums, art centers, theatres, and festivals around the world that collectively select, produce, and exhibit ambitious new artworks by emerging artists from the Arab world. You can read more about the Consortium Commissions here.
The Consortium Commissions 2020/22 is implemented with the support of Mophradat’s institutional partners, and with additional support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The Consortium Commissions
We are delighted to announce the opening of Lydia Ourahmane’s solo exhibition, Survival in the afterlife, at Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, as part of the second edition of Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions (2020/2022).
Survival in the afterlife is a site-specific installation that presents archival material produced alongside the constitution of a spiritual community founded by the artist’s family during the Algerian Civil War (1991–2002). Embedded in a sound composition titled Notice the direction of fires, which was produced in collaboration with musicians Yawning Portal, the exhibition speaks about space as resistance and forms of hospitality. The exhibition is curated by Christina Lehnert.
A first iteration of the exhibition was presented at De Appel, Amsterdam, this past fall.
Lydia Ourahmane (b. 1992, Saïda) lives between Europe and North Africa. Since her graduation from Goldsmiths University, she has been continuously testing the possibilities of charging and converting the elements of the physical world as they move between borders, generations and dimensions. Lydia’s evolving research and practice continue to raise key questions about the connections between spirituality, contemporary geopolitics, migration, and the complex histories of colonialism. Her recent exhibitions include Barzakh at Kunsthalle Basel (2021), Solar Cry at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (2020), and Homeless Souls at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2019).