“FIRED BUT UNEXPLODED”: A PROVOKING VIDEO INSTALLATION (AT CAP KUWAIT) TO PROCESS THE BRUTAL TRAUMAS OF THE LATE CENTURIES

 FIRED BUT UNEXPLODED (Invitation)

Under the patronage of the Hungarian Ambassador in Kuwait Ferenc Csillag, Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) in collaboration with Art Moments and Hybrid art, Hungary, is proud to present the video installation of the Hungarian artist Zsolt Asztalos, ”Fired But Unexploded”, exhibited recently at the Hungarian Pavilion in the 55th international exhibition, Venice Biennale 2013.

The installation comprises sixteen videos, each presenting an unexploded projectile found in Hungary. The vision of the destructive weapons, which hover in a homogeneous, indefinite space, is complemented with the sounds of the world around them, and thus the films open the way to new narratives.

Each bomb has its own story. Which is essentially one of two kinds. Bombs may explode and thus fulfill their role as objects made specifically for the purpose of destruction, and then enter history books and the personal histories that families maintain. Zsolt Asztalos Hold, in his turn looks into the other possible story in his installation, the story of the malfunctioning device (unexploded bomb) as it leaves behind its original function, assumes a life of its own, starts writing a narrative, becomes a director of our lives through the contingency it introduces. It stays with us humans as it generates and symbolizes conflicts among us.

It is an object of mercy, a threat, or a memorial. In HOLD’s work, unexploded bombs are revealed to have several functions and fields of interpretation. Floating in an indeterminable space, the bombs seem to exist, thanks to the sound effects that surround them, in a matrix defined by the continuous interaction of the past and the recent past, the present and the future.

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Zsolt Asztalos HOLD’s objects trouvés are multiple representations of conflict situations, open to simultaneous interpretations on personal, local, regional and global levels. This brave and thought-provoking installation belongs to the praxis of visual art that has been instrumental, through research and exhibition, in processing the brutal traumas of the late 20th and 21st centuries.

The website *Fired but Unexploded* http://www.fired-but-unexploded.com is an integral part of the installation: it not only provides further information on the exhibition, but also aims to create a worldwide map of conflicts with its interactive interface. An application available for all smartphone platforms will guide visitors through the exhibition and will provide more information for those who want to further immerse themselves. This Exhibition is part of Zenith Art Exchange program between Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait, and Art Moments, Hungary.

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*FIRED BUT UNEXPLODED*, organized by Contemporary Art Platform. VIDEO INSTALLATION BY ZSOLT ASZTALOS HOLD, Exhibition of Hungarian Pavilion, The 55th Venice Biennale, *Exhibition Dates: 12/12/2013  – 11/1/2014, Contemporary Art Platform (The Art Room*). CAP Kuwait.

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“ZENITH ART EXCHANGE”: AIMING TO PROMOTE HUNGARIAN AND ARAB CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART AND STRENGTHEN THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN ARTISTS

“Zenith Art Exchange / Hungary (2013-2014)” is  a series of events and exhibitions organized and curated by CAP (Contemporary Art Platform) in partnership with “Art Moments Festival 2013” (one of the major public art festivals in Hungary) aiming to promote Hungarian and Arab contemporary visual art and strengthen the international dialogue between artists from both nationalities.

In its first season the program will cover the summer and autumn period by presenting three exhibitions curated by CAP Director Abed AlKadiri to be held in museums and institutions such as Modem Museum, Zsolnay Cultural Quarter and Design Terminal. In addition to an artist in residence program in University of Pécs, Faculty of Arts. The first event was “Kursi, A Tribute to a Chair” (Date: 4/9/2013 – 12/9/2013) Artists and designers were always fascinated by the chair and its potential weight of meaning, from its religious allusions to its social, political, and humanistic implications. In “Kursi”, the graphic and architectural dimensions explored by these artists and designers from Kuwait highlighted the infinite possibilities of their creativity. Participated Artists: Amira Behbehani, Aseel Al Yaqoub, Bader Al Mansor, Dana Al Jouder, Faisal Al Fouzan, Jassim Al Saddah, Mohammad Sharaf, Mohammed Al Kouh and Yousef AlMehdari.

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NEXT EVENTS

“Sacred Paths / Photography Exhibition from the Middle East”

Date: 26/9/2013 – 16/11/2013

Location: Modem Museum Debrecen / Hungary

About the show: “The Sacred Paths” examines the fine line dividing the sacred with the metaphysical dimension associated with religion and the liturgical and social practices developed from a continuous search for belonging, through the exploitation of religion as means for political power. The exhibition presents the works of twelve Middle Eastern photographers whose work predominantly falls under the category of photojournalism. “The Sacred Paths” engages the symbolic , political, social and personal meaning of the term ‘path’ and is not concerned solely with its physical geographical meaning.

Photographers: Abbas Kowasri, Boushra Al Moutawakel, Dalia Khamissy, Farah Nosh, Issa Touma, Laura Boushnak, Laura El Tantawy, Newsha Tavakolian, Raed Bawayah, Reem Al Faisal, Samer Mohdad, Tamara Abdulhadi and Tanya Habjouqa.

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“Marwan / The Head as A Cosmos”

Date: 24/10/2013 – 24/11/2013

Location: M21 Gallery, Zsolnay Cultural Center

About the show:  This exhibition celebrates “Marwan Kassab Bachi “body of work, featuring one of the largest collections of portraits / Heads assembled by the artist himself. “The Head as a Cosmos” outlines Marwan’s adaptation to the “Head” as a dominant theme in his work through the years and an identity to his name by bringing together more than 90 works of watercolors and etchings and a small selection of canvases, part of Contemporary Art Platform collection. For Marwan the head is a “landscape, a world, or even a universe”.

Marwan was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1934, he did his studies in literature at the University of Damascus and then went to Berlin, Germany, to pursue painting with Hans Trier in 1957. He has remained in Berlin, and draws on both Arab and modernist German recognizable artistic influences.

Artist: Marwan Kassab Bachi

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Zenith Artist in Residence program

Date: 15/10/2013 – 29 /10/2013

Location: Zsolnay Cultural Quarter/ University of Pécs, Faculty of

Arts, 6 Middle Eastern artists.

Program summary and submission:  “Zenith Artist in Residence Program 2013” provides a unique opportunity for young Middle Eastern artists to spend 14 days abroad in Central Europe. Within the frames of “Zenith Artist in Residence Program 2013, the artists delegated by Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) Kuwait will visit Pécs the European Capital of Culture 2010 and spend 12 days in the ateliers of the institution of Fine Arts, where they will get the opportunity to have professional discussions with the professors and artists the of the University of Pécs and discuss new concepts and techniques and refine their artistic methods. The goal of the program is to facilitate the international networking of the participants and their exchange with the local art scene, providing appropriate working conditions and the possibility of international presentation through which artists may have significant opportunities for career development.

After their staying in Pécs the artists will visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary where they become familiar with the cultural and social highlights of this vivid city. The program offers visits with professional guidance to galleries, ateliers and museums.

For more information

Zsolnay Cultural Quarter: 

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Faculty of Art Pécs

http://english.pte.hu/index.php?p=contents&cid=5)

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“OUT OF BRITAIN” EXHIBITION: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN KUWAIT 52 ARTWORKS BY BRITISH ARTISTS

A private view opened yesterday (September 17, 2012) in Kuwait “Out of Britain” exhibition showing artworks from the British Council collection (organization: The British Council, Contemporary Art Platform and the National Council for Culture Arts and Letters). The show continues through October 25th bringing together, for the first time in Kuwait, 52 key-artworks selected from the British Council Collection. Spanning a period of almost one hundred years of creativity by significant British artists, the works on display take as a common theme the landscapes of the British Isles.

Structured around an imagined journey the display begins in the city and lead out into the countryside to follow the coastline before ultimately returning to an urban landscape. The works in the show illustrate individual artist’s attempts to find their place amongst an ever-changing environment where they are often driven to challenge traditional ways of interpreting and framing the landscape.

In parallel to the “Out of Britain” the British Council in collaboration with CAP Kuwait, will host “Landscapes Expanded”, a programme of events and lectures that will explore the themes of landscape in different art forms. David Rayson, featured artist in “Out of Britain”, will be the first to present a lecture about his work ( September 18, 7pm, The Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait). Rayson’s work relates directly to the visual potential of the everyday, enabling the ordinary to be realised as fantastic. David Rayson was appointed professor and head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2006. He is a practising artist, tutor and curator and his work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. His work is included in major collections including the Tate, Whitechapel Art Gallery, British Council, Deutsche Bank, Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Art Society.

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http://visualarts.britishcouncil.org/whats-on/exhibition/11/15945

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 Photo: David Rayson, from Ashmore Park to Wednesfield : “The Jet Bench”

OPEN CALL FOR “LANDSCAPE EXPANDED”: ONE MONTH RESIDENCY PROGRAMME FOR ARTISTS IN KUWAIT

 

Landscapes Expanded will support artists to explore contemporary issues intrinsically related to site, space, and place in their field of work. The residency will begin with a three-day workshop that will support artists to develop concepts for their research in the weeks that follow. Throughout the programme participants will benefit from group and individual reviews of their work and guidance from the residency facilitator and visiting contributors.

The residency programme will be led by artist and curator Alia Farid Abdal, who explores personal perspectives of public space and constructed landscapes in her own art work and academic research. The programme will also benefit from insightful contributions from visiting artists and art critics such as British Artist David Rayson, whose work is featured in Out of Britain. Rayson is currently the Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London.

Participants’ work produced during the residency programme will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMArt) at the end of October 2012. Chosen works may also be exhibited at a British Council Visual Arts exhibition that will showcase artists from the Gulf at the Brunei Gallery in London in 2015.

Eligibility: This residency is open to practicing artists and creative practitioners (from all disciplines) who are keen to develop the concepts of landscape art in their practice. Applicants must reside in Kuwait, must commit to participate in a three-day workshop (18 th – 20th September 2012) and closing presentation, which will take place on 18 th October 2012. The workshops will be hosted in English, however translators will be available should they be required.

Procedure. Deadline: 5th September 2012 (10am). Please e-mail the following (in English or Arabic) to nadia.elsebai@britishcouncil.org :  Artist C.V.; Up to 10 images of your work with an appendix stating the title, medium, and year the work was executed.; A statement of intent (up to 500 words) explaining why you are applying to the programme and what you hope to obtain from it. Please briefly state what themes you are interested to explore during the residency programme.

Large images will have to be submitted via www.wetransfer.com or any

other host site in which your images can be downloaded directly. Alternatively, you may wish to submit a link to your work online. For videos, please provide links of uploaded material either on youtube or vimeo. Suggested topics for research: Urban Tribes, The politics of dress, – Geopolitics, Landscapes created by advertising, Monuments in the construction of Landscapes and History, The demolished landscape, erasing history, and recuperating memory, Imagined landscapes, futuristic and fictitious.