Wednesday, July 27

Sophia Al-Maria: Black Friday

Black Friday, 2016. Digital video projected vertically, color, sound; 16:36 min.
"For her first solo exhibition in the United States, Sophia Al-Maria (b. 1983) debuts a new video and installation. For nearly a decade, Al-Maria has been finding ways to describe twenty-first-century life in the Gulf Arab nations through art, writing, and filmmaking. She coined the term 'Gulf Futurism' to explain the stunning urban and economic development in the region over the last decades, as well as the environmental damage, religious conservatism, and historical amnesia that have accompanied it. Her exhibition at the Whitney continues this examination by focusing on the Gulf’s embrace of the shopping mall. ..."
Whitney: Back to the Futurist
Guardian: Artist Sophia Al-Maria: 'People hate Islam, but they're titillated by it too'