Lawrie Shabibi is pleased to present ‘In the Heart of the Cosmos’ by Asad Faulwell | Alserkal Avenue | 9 January to 4 February 2017.
‘In the Heart of the Cosmos,’ Asad Faulwell’s second solo exhibition at Lawrie Shabibi features new works that expand the artist’s celebrated ongoing series ‘Les Femmes d’Alger’. The series seeks to shed light on the Algerian women freedom fighters who fought with the National Liberation Front during the 1954-1966 Algerian war for independence from French occupation and their largely forgotten legacy.
The title of the exhibition references Black Skins, White Masks the 1952 book by philosopher Franz Fanon whose works explore colonialism, violent opposition, and its lingering phycological implications. Drawing inspiration from Fanon͛s writings and Gillo Pontecorvos’ 1966 film The Battle of Algiers, the artist illustrates the women as both saints and villains, aggressors and victims, captured and brutally tormented by their French adversaries and alienated by their Algerian male counterparts who recruited the women with no intention of recognizing their contribution or empowering them after the war ended.
Opening reception 18.00 – 21.00 9 January 2017 | Artist talk and breakfast 10.00 on 10 January 2017
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