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In the 1970s, the Entirety of World Cinema with Leftist Coloring Passed through Algiers

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Saïd Benmerad, founder and director of several ciné-clubs in Algiers. From Algiers, where he continues to teach literature at the university, Saïd Benmerad revisits the singular world of ciné-clubs that prevailed in the years that followed the Algerian revolution. He was twenty years old, a cinephile and militant on the extreme left […]

Extra-Territorial Experience: Difference, Global Circuits, Amateurs and the Ethic of Design

Summer 2010 | ArteZine

In an observation about the city of London – as part of the ‘Urban Age’ initiative, the sociologist, writer and academic Richard Sennett noted that: We need to better understand how to legitimise certain forms of conflict. We can only assume that we have the ability to resolve conflict, to get rid of conflict as […]

Featured Artist: Abbas Akhavan

Winter 2012 | Gallery

This edition of the gallery examines the works of artist Abbas Akhavan from various critical perspectives that delineate between capitalist processes of production and social interventions while examining the role of architecture and space in shaping an artwork’s impact on audiences. Dina Ibrahim’s essay departs from where the previous virtual gallery landed – the use […]

Architecture and De-measurement in Abbas Akhavan’s Work
Architecture and De-measurement in Abbas Akhavan’s Work

Winter 2012 | Gallery

It is innocuous to assume that Abbas Akhavan’s process of art making directly implicates the space of the exhibition. However, as much as it is redolent that the architectural materials, including the gallery wall or the room’s physical interior, often constitute the very medium of his work, it is somewhat misleading to explain Akhavan’s use […]

Architecture and Performativity
Architecture and Performativity

Winter 2012 | Gallery

  Abbas Akhavan’s works enact broader social conditions while simultaneously expanding the purview for actions indexed by the architecture of the piece. His site-specific installations and videos delve into the social realm to produce or recreate meaning, and in a larger sense reality. From this perspective, the dynamic and performative aspect of his work operates […]

About the Artist

Winter 2012 | Gallery

‘Study for a Garden’ (2012) A site-specific installation at the Delfina Foundation,London, UK. Born in Tehran, Abbas Akhavan currently lives and works in Toronto. His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. For the past five years, the domestic sphere has been an ongoing area of research in Akhavan’s work. Earlier […]

The Residency Handbook

Winter 2012 | ArteZine

This resource manual offers readers a brief overview of online platforms and print sources relevant to understanding residencies and the social, cultural and political contexts in which they function. International conferences and symposia have assembled to tighten networks of institutions, and web-based platforms have started to disseminate audio and video recordings as well as written reflections […]

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