13 December 2012 until 14 April 2013
Adrian Paci, Zineb Sedira, Bouchra Khalili, Claudia Cristovão and Ho-Yeol Ryu
Does a person’s location determine their identity? The exhibition Imagined Places is not about the significance of physical place, it is about our sense of connection to places elsewhere.
Adrian Paci, Zineb Sedira, Bouchra Khalili, Claudia Cristovão and Ho-Yeol Ryu present photos and video installations depicting real and imaginary places, chosen and unchosen journeys. Imagined Places is an exhibition about the desire to be elsewhere and the reality of forced migration. It ended on 14 April 2013.
Read more about the artists (PDF).
Imagined Places is the latest in a series of four experimental contemporary art exhibitions, sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund.
The photo Centro di Permanenza Temporanea shows an airport as a metaphorical location where people are stuck in a permanently temporary situation. The picture suggests that air travel is not for everyone, although global economic inequality forces many to migrate.
Adrian Paci (Shkoder, 1969) | Centro di Permanenza Temporanea (2009)
Below a short film version of the photo displayed in the exhibition.
MiddleSea is a monumental, immersive video installation about how people can find themselves between different places. MiddleSea provides a poetic, universal image of the journeys that generations of migrants have made, both physically, and in memory.
Zineb Sedira (Parijs, 1963) | MiddleSea (2008)
In the video installation The Mapping Journey, eight people describe the routes they have travelled on a world map. Their journeys demonstrate how lives today cannot be defined by cartographic contours.
Bouchra Khalili (Casablanca, 1975) | The Mapping Journey (2008-2011)
The video installation Fata Morgana features five Portuguese people born in Angola, describing the country they came from. Their stories sketch an imaginary Africa which exists only in inherited memories and projected ideals.
Claudia Cristovão (Luanda, 1973) | Fata Morgana (2006)
Ho-Yeol Ryu’s created Flughafen, a composition photo of Hannover Airport. Aircrafts appear to struggle for a place in the sky. The result is an iconic image of our desire for mobility.
Ho-Yeol Ryu’s (Seoul, 1971) | Hannover Airport, Flughafen (2005)