Meeting Points 7 – Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks


M HKA, Antwerpen

25 October 2013 - 16 February 2014

Meeting Points is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival aimed at the contextualised presentation of art from the Arab world, organised by the Young Arab Theatre Fund in cooperation with regional and international partners. The 7th edition of Meeting Points was a series of successive exhibitions that took place from September 2013 until June 2014 in various cities of Europe, Asia and the Arab world: Zagreb, Antwerp, Hong Kong, Moscow, Beirut, Cairo and Vienna.

This edition was provided by the WHW. What, How and for Whom is a curatorial collective founded in 1999 and based in Zagreb and Berlin. The members are curators Ivet Curlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. WHW organizes a range of production, exhibition and publication projects and manages the Gallery Nova in Zagreb.

Meeting Points 7 was organised during the often ambiguous aftermath of the popular uprisings that shook the Arab world to its foundations in 2011, at a time when several social movements around the world fuelled the public debate on the existing social and economic order.

The title Ten thousand ploys and ten thousand tricks is a quote from the book De verworpenen der aarde (1961) by the revolutionary philosopher Franz Fanon (born 1925 - died in 1971). His book places the power and violence of the settlers in their historical and political perspectives.

By exploring the levels of identity and the difference between the past and the present, Ten thousand ploys and ten thousand tricks tuned into specific regions and histories in which it was written. It confronted more recent works by contemporary artists and filmmakers with historical views. At the M HKA, these two aspects of the exhibition were clarified by a selection of works from the museum collection.

Artists: Lawrence Abu HamdanMarwa ArsaniosKianoush AyariFilipa CésarCéline CondorelliAlice CreischerDAARPaul De VreeSimone FattalRobert FilliouSimohammed FettakaKarpo Aćimović GodinaSharon HayesAdelita Husni-BeySanja IvekovićIman Issa,Maryam Jafri, Rajkamal KahlonAnton KannemeyerKayfa ta & Haytham El-WardanyRuno LagomarsinoMaha MaamounJumana MannaAzzeddine MeddourTom Nicholson & Andrew ByrneAnatoly OsmolovskyArtavazd PeleshianMarta PopivodaKerim RagimovC K Rajan,Alexander RodchenkoEdgar Morin & Jean RouchLuc Tuymans and Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor

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