“الفكرة ذكرى / A thought is a reminiscence” is a gaggle exhibition curated by Noel Maghathe that brings collectively works by 4 artists: Zeinab Saab, Kiki Salem, Nailah Taman, and Zeina Zeitoun. These artists, who all have lineages that hint to the so-called Arab world, draw upon their different backgrounds in ways in which each rejoice and subvert inherited identities. By means of sculpture, images, collage, animation, and portray, they embrace playful methods of constructing which can be extremely private, typically collective, and that place fluidity and rootedness as complementary reasonably than opposing forces within the constructing of selfhood, group, and tradition.

Recollections typically function the supply materials for our private and shared histories. The late thinker and artist Etel Adnan, in her 2016 assortment of prose and poetry, Evening, wrote: “Is reminiscence produced by us, or is it us? Our identification could be very probably no matter our reminiscence decides to retain. However let’s not presume that reminiscence is a storage room. It’s not a software for having the ability to assume; it’s considering, earlier than considering.”

“A thought is a reminiscence” asks us to think about: what occurs when reminiscences are disrupted by displacement, migration, and political upheaval? What does it imply to be each grounded by and free of the tales of our ancestors? By means of explorations of geometry, shade, mild, and materials, the 4 artists within the exhibition current works that reimagine their hybridity as Arab Individuals.

Zeinab Saab’s work take pleasure in experimentations with shade, opening up portals to facets of their younger self which can have been misplaced whereas navigating constructs of gender, patriarchy, and custom. Kiki Salem’s digital animations evoke patterns from textiles designed by her/their ancestors in Palestine and motifs from the structure they inhabited, utilizing new applied sciences to reconfigure materials traditions. Nailah Taman’s sculptural works visualize symbols from Etel Adnan’s The Arab Apocalypse, making an attempt to hook up with an otherworldly “un-language” and entry its shared information. Taman’s textile piece transforms an unfinished tablecloth embroidered by their taeta (grandmother) right into a shelter, threading collectively practices of their elders with discarded supplies that encapsulate a queerness they weren’t capable of share. Zeina Zeitoun makes use of collage and movie to piece collectively photos from her visits to Lebanon, greedy for fragments of seemingly ephemeral reminiscences and re-organizing them to assemble moments she will be able to savor past time.

The works offered in “A thought is a reminiscence” weave collectively ephemeral and kaleidoscopic tales. These 4 artists layer experiences which can be concurrently private, familial, communal, and political, and which can be typically eschewed in mainstream discourse about place—or seen by means of a lens that ascribes fastened narratives to mutable notions of identification and group. By means of their work, they proudly declare new areas, rituals, and language that transcend boundaries of time and geography. “If I didn’t do not forget that I’m, I gained’t be,” wrote Etel Adnan. “Cause and reminiscence transfer collectively.”

at CUE Artwork Basis, New York
till Could 13, 2023



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