Emily Jacir’s and Jumana Manna’s shows, both now on view in London, invite viewers to an encounter with opposing strategies for dealing with the limitations of archived memory. Bar Yerushalmi on the two shows.
Jumana Manna A magical substance flows into me 2015. Production still. Co-commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation and Chisenhale Gallery with Malmö Konsthall and the Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery (NY)
“The ability to study the world through empirical observations and to reach conclusions regarding the nature of reality has completely changed the way we experience the world around us.” Bar Yerushalmi on art and the science of consciousness at the exhibition “States of mind: Tracing the edge of consciousness,” showing now at the Wellcome Collection in London.
Goshka Macuga. Somnambulist
2006. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London
Pleasures of the other flesh
Published at September 2016, Tohu magazine
A painter who has internalized the Western Orientalist gaze, a minor artist given recognition as lip service to the British Indian community, or one who offers a sharp, complex, subversive outlook on identity, society, and sexuality? Bar Yerushalmi writes for Tohu about Indian-born painter Bhupen Khakhar’s retrospective at the Tate Modern.
Bhupen Khakhar. Interior of a Hindu Temple III. 1965, Mixed media (printed paper. paint and silver foil) on board. Courtesy of the Museum of Art and Photography © Bhupen Khakhar Estate