A solo exhibition by international artist and London College of Communication Senior Research Fellow Jananne Al-Ani is now open at Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery Project Space as part of Southbank Centre’s Women of the World 2014 festival.
‘Excavations’ continues the London-based, Iraqi-born artist’s ongoing interest in landscape and its visual representation through the technology of modern warfare. Al-Ani works with photography, film and video, and this exhibition highlights works from the research project ‘The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A Land without People’, exploring the disappearance of the body in highly charged and contested landscapes.
The exhibition features the film ‘Shadow Sites I’ (2010), a series of stills from the video ‘Shadow Sites II’ (2011) and the first UK showing of ‘Groundworks’ (2013), a multi-channel video installation focusing on the landscapes of the southwestern United States.
Two related events are also taking place at the Hayward Gallery. On Saturday 8 March at 3.30pm, ‘Jananne Al-Ani in Conversation’ will see the artist discussing ‘Excavations’ with Hayward Gallery Chief Curator, Stephanie Rosenthal. On Thursday 17 April at 6.30pm, a special screening of Al-Ani’s ‘The Visit’ (2004), presented in conjunction with Film and Video Umbrella, will be followed by a discussion with Al-Ani.
‘Excavations’ is open until Sunday 11 May.
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