Here and Elsewhere
July 16 - September 28, 2014
Here and Elsewhere, a major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world, borrowed its title from a 1976 film-essay by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville. Their film, Ici et ailleurs [Here and Elsewhere], is a complex reflection on the ethics of representation and the status of images as instruments of political consciousness. A reflection on what is at stake in the act of representation characterized many of the works in the exhibition, which highlighted specific cities and art scenes while emphasizing the importance of dialogues that extend internationally and new critical attitudes toward art and images that encourage us to look “elsewhere” in order to understand our “here.”
The exhibition was organized by the New Museum’s curatorial department, led by Massimiliano Gioni, with Natalie Bell, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Helga Christoffersen, and Margot Norton. It was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue coedited with Bidoun, designed by Project Projects, and published by the New Museum.