Mumbai - The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to present
Categorical Imperatives curated by Khaled Ramadan and Anni
Venalainen, opening on April 12th 2010. The first show
of its kind, Categorical Imperatives will present video
works by young contemporary Middle-Eastern artists including
Raed Yassin, Ayman Ramadan, Dalia Al Kury, Mounira Al Solh, Najib
Mrad, Khaled Hafez, Lena Merhej, Mireille Astore and Khaled D.
Ramadan. The themes explored are encounters between people,
situations of life and how the artists perceive the daily world
around them. All of the works also relate to the theme of
otherness. The spectator on the other hand is in dialogue with the
artworks looking for his/her position with the perspectives
represented in them.
was born in Beirut 1979. He graduated from the Theater Department
of the Institute of Fine Arts in Beirut in 2003. He works in
video, performance, music and audio/ visual arts. He has done
performances, videos and recordings. His work is based on themes
related to the media, the city, history of contemporary art,
Arabic cinema, pornography, pop culture, disasters and archives.
His work has been shown across Europe, the Middle East, the United
States and Japan. He currently lives in Amsterdam.
About his own work Ayman Ramadan
Sharqiya, Egypt) says: "Coming from a
background of no formal art training and with strong ties to the
street life I have managed to relay my thoughts and feelings into
a visual language using mediums of installation and video art.
This allowed for an immediate response from the ordinary person.
In all my installations and video pieces I have concentrated on
the status of the urban working class in a city with a rigid class
structure reinforced by both government and cultural attitudes. Ayman
Ramadan lives and works in
Cairo and San Francisco.
Dalia Al Kury
is a 27 year old palestinian/jordanian director living between
Jordan and Europe. She has directed many short fiction and
documentary films since she first started in 2003. She holds an MA
in screen Documentary from Goldsmiths College, UK, and has
directed over seven documentary films, all of which were screened
in international film festivals or on the Arabic MBC Sattelite TV
network. She has been granted support from the TV channel Al
Arabya twice including for her last film, “Smile you’re in South
Lebanon”. Her approach to images is romantic yet sharp in the way
it chooses to depict each and every side of a given issue. Dalia
has a sense for portraits and films people as if she painted them,
touch by touch with a warm and innocent approach to human nature.
Mounira Al Solh
was born in Beirut in 1978. She studied painting at the Lebanese
University in Beirut (LB), and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld
Academy in Amsterdam (NL). Between 2006 and 2008, she was a
resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work is
multidisciplinary, oscillating between video, installation,
writing, photography and painting.
is a visual artist living in Beirut.
Lena studied Graphic
Design at the American University of Beirut (BGD) and majored in
Design and Technology at the Parsons School of Design (MFA). At
the moment she is teaching at the Lebanese American University,
and give workshops in animation, illustration, and comic books.
She is a Samandal founding member, the only comic book
organization in the Middle East. Lena Merhej says that in the
comics and the animation that she does, her stories are about her
memories and her experiences in Beirut: family, war and
frustration are recurrent themes.
Khaled Hafez ´s
in Cairo, Egypt in 1963)
experimental video work Third Vision: Around 01:00 pm
a nostalgic narrative of visuals that the artist keeps in his
memory and that shape his practice today.
From1981 till 1990
Khaled Hafez followed the evening classes of the Cairo Fine Arts
while studying medicine. Hafez studied New Media at Transart
Institute / Danube University Krems, Austria (MFA). He currently
lives and works in Cairo.
work Not From Here is an artwork that attempts to negotiate
displacement, exile, migration and identity formation using a
historical narrative. Astore says that as an artist she is driven
by a need to create an entity between the conscious and the
unconscious, the intentional and the unintentional, the political
and the apolitical. Mireille Astore (Beirut, 1961) is an artist, a
writer and adjunct lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts, the
Visual Arts Faculty of the University of Sydney. She has a PhD in
Contemporary Art. Her artworks have been highly acclaimed and have
been shown in such venues as the Tate Modern, Museo Nacional
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 8th Sharjah Biennial, 3rd
Guangzhou Triennial, Home Works IV – Beirut, and Santa Margherita
Auditorium, Venice. In 2003 she won the (Australian) National
Photographic Purchase Award and she is featured in the Thames and
Hudson Publication New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st
Khaled D. Ramadan
a video documentary maker, curator and art writer. His fields of
specialties are the culture and history of broadcast aesthetics,
with interests in the fields of aesthetic journalism and
documentary film research. He is the founder of the MidEast Cut,
Not On Satellite and the Coding-Decoding festivals and the Chamber
of Public Secrets. Ramadan has published several documentary
films, theoretical texts and books on broadcast aesthetics,
journalism and documentary filmmaking.
has serious experience in planning and curating exhibitions, film
festivals. Ramadan’s works are shown around the world at major
festivals, TV stations and museums. In 2009, Al-Jazeera TV
produced a documentary about the Chamber of Public Secrets and
Ramadan’s activities and achievement.
2009, Ramadan was given the Achievement Award of the 11th Cairo
is member of the International Association of Curators of
Contemporary Art, IKT. Currently Ramadan is the co-curator of the
International Manifesta 8 project, Murcia, Spain 2010.