Analix Forever at MOVING IMAGE ISTANBUL
Video art is an essential medium for Analix Forever, which has previously participated to Moving Image London, Moving Image New York, and LOOP, as well as organised since 2011 the cycle of events VIDEO FOREVER. This year, Analix Forever has chosen to present at Moving Image Istanbul two artists with wide recognition in the world of video art: Elena Kovylina (Russia) and mounir fatmi (Morocco). Elena Kovylina’s “Égalité” (2014) has been produced for Manifesta 10 (Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg), while mounir fatmi’s “Technologia” was shown at the opening of the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art of Doha (Qatar).
Elena Kovylina’s video “Égalité” (Equality) functions as a statement: inequality appears to be impossible to overcome, in particular in both past and present Russian society, but in fact that is the case everywhere, whatever the political, social and cultural backgrounds. “Égalité” is like a poem, rhymed in four-legged footstools, the legs of which have been extended, so that the people standing on them (who all differ in terms of gender, age, nationality, profession, and even health) are now all on one level: their heads lined up in a row. But the resulting “equalized horizon” is no more than an illusion.
“Technologia” is a work inside a work. It links ancient circular Arabic calligraphy and Marcel Duchamp’s “rotoreliefs”, the first manifestations of optical art produced in modern industrialized society. As early Arab astronomers observed the movement of stars and planets, mounir fatmi observes the shape of today’s world and the often erratic motion of global contemporary society.
Moving Image Istanbul : Kuleli Building, Haliç Congress Centre, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Opening Thursday, Sept 25, 2014 ; exhibiton until Sunday, Sept 28.
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