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ford Project CURATORIAL SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM

ART MATRIX….REVISITED
Curated by Nazy Nazhand

November 11 – December 22, 2011

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The question of art and artistic expression has become critical to the whole of our society’s reflection, with every area of thought looking to art to provide the key to address contemporary social and political conflicts. The artists selected, Mahmoud Hamadani, Uri Nir, Ahmed Mater, Shezad Dawood, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, and Barbad Golshiri, each offer a unique interpretation and critique of our current political, social and economic landscape through innovative use of new media technology and rigorous application of mathematical and scientific data. This broad and protean definition of art is especially crucial for understanding the highly charged socio-political dynamics in the Middle East, where conceptual approaches are necessary in order for artists to freely examine the conflicts and complexities of Middle-Eastern politics. The result is a series of minimalist and abstract works characterized by standardized data, geometric forms, and audio and digital tools.

ART MATRIX……REVISTED is a reflection on religion, war, culture, philosophy and spirituality, and the parallel, often conflicting powers of faith and reason. The videos, maps, installations, charts, and graphs no longer serve as just a medium of artistic expression. Instead, the works serve as a visceral response to political and social repression and religious conflicts.

Nazy Nazhand 
Founder, ART MIDDLE EAST

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Panel

Mahmoud Hamadani (Iran, 1958)
Monthly Toll of Soldiers Killed in Iraq, March 2003 to August 2005 (from Clash), 2005
Upholstered Silk, Glass, Wood Frame
24 x 48 in
Courtesy of the Artist

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Azari

Ebtisam Abdulaziz (UAE, 1975)
(Re-Mapping), 2010
Plexi, LED lights, Metal and Wood Frame
2 x 4 meters, approximately 1 meter high
Courtesy of The Third Line, Dubai

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Azari

Shezad Dawood (UK, 1974)
The Majestic, 2007
Neon, Tumbleweed with Enameled Aluminum Plinth
163 x 51 x 51 cm
Image: Courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London / Courtesy of The Third Line, Dubai

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Azari

Barbad Golshiri (Iran, 1982)
Narcissus Echoes, 2009-2010
Aplastic play, sempiternal. Transcript included. Edition 2/3 + 1 AP
Stainless Steel Mirrors, Megaphone (horn loud speaker)
Approx 40 x 98 69 in
Courtesy of the Artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

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Azari

Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia, 1979)
CCTV, 2010
16 14" CCTV Monitors & 16 DVD Players
Edition of 2 + 1 AP
Courtesy of the Artist and EOA Projects

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Azari

Uri Nir (Israel, 1976)
Lost Herbs, 2004
Bitumen Sheets, Coal, Burned Wood, Chlorine Water, Sea Stones, Mussels, Dry Climbing Plants, Shaving Foam
20 x 15 7 meters
Courtesy of the Artist

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FP Ebtisam Abdulaziz  Shezad Dawood ( IBarbad Golshiri  Ahmed Mater Uri Nir mahmoud