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Our World Is Burning


Palais De Tokyo 2020 ISBN 9782847111156 Acqn 30485
Pb 16x24cm 192pp col ills £15.50

This catalogue takes a political view of international contemporary creation seen from the Gulf
region, where wars and diplomatic tensions have constantly determined the history of the early
21st century.

It features two essays by the curators of the exhibition (Abdellah Karroum and Fabien Danesi),
widely illustrated notices on the work of the 34 artists presented, as well as short statements from
the artists and other invited contributors (Hamid Dabashi, Ala Younis and Abdallah Zikra) in
response to the title of the exhibition "Our World Is Burning."

The exhibition's title refers to the human dramas, which the successive conflicts in this region
have caused-and still do-but also to the ecological crisis and environmental catastrophes, such as
immensely destructive forest fires, from Amazonia to Siberia, without forgetting California and
Australia. But fire is not just a statement of danger. It is also a symbol of the powerful democratic
impetus experienced in this region since the Arab Springs. The exhibition thus affirms that
artworks have the ability to intervene by adopting a position when confronted with the disorders of
the world. Fire then refers to the intensity of artistic creation.

With the artworks of Inji Efflatoun, Khalil El Ghrib, Faraj Daham, Shirin Neshat, John Akomfrah,
Francis Alys, Fabrice Hyber, Tania Bruguera, Mounir Fatmi, Kader Attia, Yto Barrada, Wael
Shawky, Katia Kameli, Michael Rakowitz, Amal Kenawy, Otobong Nkanga, Younes Rahmoun,
Danh Vo, Amina Menia, Ben Russell, Basim Magdy, Mounira Al Solh, Sammy Baloji, Jane Kin
Kaisen, Oriol Vilanova, Mustapha Akrim, Asli Cavusoglu, Monira Al Qadiri, Sophia Al Maria,
Dominique Hurth, Bady Dalloul, Sara Ouhaddou, Bouthayna Al Muftah and Raqs Media.

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