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April 15, 2013
Tate Modern, London (November 9, 2012 – February 17, 2013)
Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo (March 17 – April 13, 2013)
Curated by Kasia Redzisz and Aleya Hamza
Maha Maamoun, The Night Visitor: The Night of Counting the Years, 2011. Copyright Maha Maamoun, courtesy of Tate Modern, UK.
It is rare for an exhibition at a small non-profit in the Arab world to exhibit the work of artists from outside its local scene or bordering geographies. This is a reality perpetuated by a number of different factors, including but not restricted to very specific funding regulations for non-profit art spaces and the perceived demand from and needs of the local artistic community.
March 13, 2012
Still from Cao Guimaraes, Soul of the Bone (A Alma do Osso), 2004. Courtesy of the artist.
The curator of the film program for Sharjah Biennial 11, one of the most significant events on the Middle Eastern cultural calendar, discusses his unique approach with Portal 9's Omar Kholeif.
December 31, 2012
Old Wang’s new Humvee. Cars, once an indicator of local prosperity and growth, now circulate more as collateral for loans and securities for unpaid debt.
In less than a year, everything seems to have changed, though the automobile – which represents velocity, acceleration, daring, and the hubris of rapid growth – still offers some way of understanding the city.
December 28, 2012
Given the recent political turmoil in Iran, discussions about the country in both Europe and North America tend to focus on geopolitics, sidestepping other critical issues such as urbanization. Tehran in particular, with a population of over 8 million, is one of the world’s largest cities yet figures marginally in most academic discussions about urban growth.
December 24, 2012


First, the Forests
Octagonal Gallery, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Montréal, Canada
Through January 6, 2013
A 1940 photograph from a series of Washington state souvenir postcards opens First, the Forests. Images and photographs of the exhibition courtesy CCA.
In displaying how logging and the extraction process was so critically linked to political and economic power, First, the Forests conveys how wood, a seemingly benign material, was and remains entangled in an array of moral failings: imperial violence, colonial exploitation, the destruction of habitat, and the devastation of nature.
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Maha Maamoun, The Night Visitor: The Night of Counting the Years, 2011. Copyright Maha Maamoun, courtesy of Tate Modern, UK.
Still from Cao Guimaraes, Soul of the Bone (A Alma do Osso), 2004. Courtesy of the artist.
Old Wang’s new Humvee. Cars, once an indicator of local prosperity and growth, now circulate more as collateral for loans and securities for unpaid debt.
A 1940 photograph from a series of Washington state souvenir postcards opens First, the Forests. Images and photographs of the exhibition courtesy CCA.
  
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