Art on Paper, Brussels, 6 – 9 September 2018


narrative projects is pleased to present Automatic Drawings by Harm van den Dorpel, an ongoing series of works made with a mechanical cnc-plotter and the artist’s own hand. Various scripts and custom software were used to generate the drawings. Challenging the medium, the artist does  not  create  his  work  directly  himself.  Rather, he devises software and a robot, which stands in for him, raising questions about artistic agency and identity in our era of artificial intelligence and increased automation. At the fair we will show an installation of a group of framed drawings that explores formal and conceptual possibilities of this method.

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Art-o-Rama, Marseille, 31 August, 1 and 2 September 2018


The project Wild Flowers (wildness is contextual!) – Volume III brings together eleven international artists who work in a number of different mediums. This is the third version of the project that was first shown at narrative projects in London and then travelled to Galerie Iragui in Moscow. Each time the exhibition evolved in order to present a different conceptual angle and artists list. Artists list of Marseille edition: Juliette Blightman, Olga Chernysheva, Ilya Dolgov, Harm van den Dorpel, Marte Eknæs, Mustafa Hulusi, Xiao-yang Li, Martinha Maia, Gabriela Machado, Carlos Noronha Feio, Alice Ronchi. Curated by Carlos Noronha Feio.

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ASMR Spa by Taus Makhacheva, New Commission for Liverpool Biennial 2018


narrative projects is pleased to announce a major new commission by Taus Makhacheva for Liverpool Biennial 2018. For this commission the artist will create a spa incorporating ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) techniques and video. A new ASMR video will be incorporated into a ruin-like sculptural installation that will serve as Spa interior. Parts of the installation ‒ which will be created together with artist Alexander Kutovoi ‒ will serve as furniture. Visitors will be able to book a facial treatment which will be conducted by a performer/actor and take 30 minutes. During the treatment, stories about artworks that have disappeared throughout history of art will be told. The beauty products will be developed with Tigran Geletsyan from 22|11 Cosmetics specifically for this project. The sculptural chairs for the audience will include screens on which a video of a treatment will be played, so that visitors can watch it when no treatment takes place. The spa will provide a heightened experience, combining three registers of stimulation: the intellectual, the physical and the emotional through an overarching holistic approach.

The exhibition is on view until 28 October 2018

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Harm van den Dorpel in I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


I Was Raised on the Internet documents a specific moment in time, beginning with 1998 and extending to the present, and focuses on the shifts that have occurred since the millennium. The nearly 100 works in the exhibition span photography, painting, sculpture, film, and video, as well as emerging technologies and interactive elements, which include interactive computer works and virtual reality. Among these are new adaptations of major bodies of work, as well as new commissions from some of the most significant artists working with these ideas today. Curated by Omar Kholeif.

Exhibition is on view until 14 October 2018

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The Mind’s Eye: The Photographs of Derek Parfit Panel discussion at The Photographers’ Gallery


Jeff McMahan, Janet Radcliffe-Richards and Nigel Warburton join Mary Wild to discuss the previously unpublished oeuvre of Derek Parfit, complicating the legacy of this century’s most original moral philosopher.This talk coincides with the first ever exhibition from the archive of photographs captured by Derek Parfit.

Saturday 23 June 2pm

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What truth looks like


Derek Parfit was one of the world’s most influential moral philosophers. Though he suffered from aphantasia, the inability to form mental images, he also took photographs, returning repeatedly to the same places in Venice and St Petersburg. What was he searching for?

By Bryan Appleyard

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Rachel Lowe in Find your world in ours at Supersonic Festival 2018 and Ikon Gallery


Supersonic Festival presents ‘Find your world in ours’ a series of newly commissioned digital artworks. The project developed with artist Mark Titchner continues his interest in the intersection between visual art and experimental music. These works will be presented both as a series of large-scale video projections during the festival (22-24 June) and on screens at Ikon gallery in Birmingham.

On view 20 June – 8 July 2018

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Xiao-yang Li in Teratology


Teratology is a term currently connected to the study of physiological development and its potential abnormalities, which also includes deformities in botany, but in the 16th and 17th centuries teratology was essentially the “science of monsters”, which were the subject of collection, wild misrepresentation and propaganda. The exhibition, Teratology, is to be treated as an organism in a continuous state of development, exploring themes, structures and functions relating to the body, myth and monsters. This is a collective dialogue which functions as a myth, or inhabits the body of a ‘monster’, a growing organism, continuously reshaping in response to its environment. The exhibition has been conceived and curated by John Thole.

On view 8 – 29 June 2018

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Taus Makhacheva in Manifesta 12


Palermo’s position at the crossroads of three continents makes it an ideal location for Manifesta 12 to investigate some of the key changes of our time. But it is also a place where the current model of globalisation is contested with new perspectives on civic engagement. In the 1990s, the Primavera di Palermo social movement against the mafia helped the city emerge from decades of criminal control, with a determination to establish new forms of civic agency. Similar ambitions arise in Palermo today, as it embraces migration and proposes new models of citizenship and human rights.

On view 16 June – 4 Novemer 2018

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Antonis Pittas in VICE VERSA: Our Earth is their Moon, our Moon is their Earth


VICE VERSA focuses on the heart of the city of Prague and specifically gives attention to those things that usually go unnoticed in the spotlight. Dealing with issues of inclusion and exclusion, gentrification, visual pollution, the economy of tourism and therefore also the living conditions of the local inhabitants of Prague, a selected group of internationally active artists has been invited to develop and present new context-specific works, deploying practices which transcend traditional sculptural positions and encompass among others performance, moving image, photography and installation in an attempt to realign Moon and Earth. Curated by Significant Other.

On view 9 June – 30 September 2018.

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Taus Makhacheva in Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge


The Second Yinchuan Biennale seeks to read the relationalities and modalities of ‘being together’ in the cross road of multiple components, as essential for a new ecology aiming to emancipate forms of life. In search for eco-logics as a new paradigm of transversal thought, the exhibition attempts to, not reduce these elements to subject matter, but to utilize them in order to question the limits of the exhibition format, and thus to eventually produce a new eco-model of exhibiting. Curated by Marco Scotini.

On view 9 June – 19 September 2018.

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Patrick Hough in The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art


Abracadabra is dedicated to artistic practices that dwell in the high-performance landscapes produced by the economies of presence. Since the so-called ‘new economy’ converted the conventional arbiters of value tied to the production of objects into immaterial alternatives such as experiences and emotions, it has been theorised that we are not working anymore, but rather constantly performing. Curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti.

On view 8 June – 31 July 2018

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Taus Makhacheva in Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More


The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) is an international biennial with a European focus and a strong regional profile, founded in 2016. Taking the rich history of Riga and the Baltic states as its underlying framework, the Biennial highlights the artistic landscape of the wider region and creates opportunities for artists to enter into dialogue with the cultural, historical and socio-political context of the city and its geographic surrounds. The first edition of the Biennial is curated by Katerina Gregos.

On view until 28 Octiber 2018.

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The philosopher in the darkroom


Every winter for two decades, the influential British philosopher Derek Parfit obsessively photographed the buildings of Venice, St Petersburg and Oxford, working on the pictures until they achieved his exacting level of perfection. Now exhibited for the first time, they are powerful, painterly expressions of a highly distinctive intellect.

By Jonathan Derbyshire

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ARCOlisboa 2018, Main Section BOOTH L02


narrative projects, London and Galerie Iragui, Moscow are joining together to present a project focused on the role of language and its interpretation in the global context of conceptual art. Five artists we are presenting: Nikita Alexeev, Braco Dimitrijevic, Carlos Noronha Feio, Pavel Pepperstein and Gavin Wade belong to different generations. Each of them, however, uses language and text in their practice as key conceptual and formal components.  Lisbon on 17 – 20 May 2018 at Cordoaria Nacional in the fair’s Main Section, booth L02.

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Kyiv Art Week


narrative projects, London and Izolyatsia, Platform for Cultural Initiatives based in Kyiv, Ukraine joint project revolve around the project Social Contract curated by Kateryna Filyuk, which interrogates the role of commemorative objects in public space. Following on the success of the temporary intervention to former site of the Lenin monument Endless Celebration by Mahmoud Bakhshi narrative projects and Izolyatsia will present smaller, limited edition version of the neon installation at Kyiv Art Fair on 23 – 27 May 2018. In order to widen the debate of Lenin historical legacy, narrative projects will show works by Patrick Hough and Antonis Pittas that reference and analyze the mythology constructed around this historical figure.

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Conference in Honor of Derek Parfit at University of Oxford


Derek Parfit was “thought by many to be the most original moral philosopher in the English-speaking world” (The New Yorker). This conference will bring together many of his friends, colleagues, and other leading living moral philosophers in order to honor his memory and make progress on those questions he believed matter most. The conference will be held at the University of Oxford, at which Parfit spent his entire academic career.

Conference dates 18 May – 20 May 2018

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Carlos Noronha Feio in Variations Portugaises at Abbaye Saint André – Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac


This survey exhibition is looking into the development of the Portuguese art scene form 1970s to date. Focusing on its growth within larger European context. It embraces few generations of artists working in the country, without accentuating any particular medium the show gives space to wide range of practices. The post-minimalist and conceptual, refined approach, however, dominates the display with its juxtaposition or confrontation of forms and materials. Exhibition is on view until 18 June.

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POPPOSITIONS art fair in Brussels


narrative projects is pleased to be taking part in the 7th edition of POPPOSITIONS art fair in Brussles with solo presentation by Carlos Noronha Feio. This year’s edition In Watermelon Sugar is curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk and will take place at from 19 April until 22 April 2018 at the former Ateliers Coppens in the heart of the Dansaert neighborhood.

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Patrick Hough in Artists’ Film International at Whitechapel Gallery, London


Artists’ Film International celebrates moving image work selected by a global partnership of arts organisations. The 2018 edition of AFI focuses on the theme of truth. Each of the selected artists explore the relationship between fact and fiction. The discovery of Cecile B. de Mille’s Ten Commandments film set, buried in the sands of California for nearly 90 years, is the point of departure for And If In a Thousand Years (2017) by Patrick Hough (b. 1989, Ireland), which explores the intersection of artefact, cinema, film, CGI and laser-scanning technology.

Exhibition on view until 1 April 2018.

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Online art networks have been in existence for quite some time, the art world has often lagged a step behind the breakneck developments of the tech industry. But over the past several years, in what could be considered a “digital media art” vogue, the exhibitions, galleries, and collections of today, such as Dot Dash 3, Vngravity, Daata Editions, and Sedition, have increasingly moved—sometimes entirely—into virtual marketplaces. Left gallery, based out of Berlin, is a particularly enterprising model, the first to directly employ Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Co-founded in 2015 by artist and programmer Harm van den Dorpel with anthropologist and partner Paloma Rodríguez Carrington, it is perhaps the most organic offering within this space, given its adaptation of cryptographic exchange and computational language. Text by Danni Shen.

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183 Cloudism Library Stack on Blockchain Archives and Library Futures


Texte zur Kunst article is reflecting on cryptocurrency in the art world and its relation to the value of art. A recent acquisition of one of the works by Harm van den Dorpel by MAK Vienna using Bitcoin is the article’s opening case study.

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UNTITLED San Francisco 12, 13, 14 January 2018


narrative projects will be returning to the UNTITLED art fair in San Francisco in January 2018. The gallery will present a solo booth by Xiao-yang Li (b 1985, Harbin, China) and the series of screenings of the most recent film by Patrick Hough (b 1989, Galway, Ireland) ‘And If in a Thousand Year’ as part of the fair’s special programme.

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Cloud Caught on a Mountain solo exhibition by Taus Makhacheva at Moscow Museum of Modern Art


Cloud Caught on a Mountain» consists of stories related to contemporary Dagestan. Stories are a starting point for all of Taus Makhacheva’s works and they are told in local vernacular: ordinary people, everyday objects, works of applied decorative arts, landscape, traditions, family lore and institutional archives. Gradually being fleshed out with details and new findings they come out like clouds that at once assume a distinct object-like form.

Exhibition is on view until 4 February 2018.

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Antonis Pittas in Io sono qui! at MACRO Testaccio, Rome


“Io sono qui!” Investigates the theme of communication, through the tangible and intangible infrastructures: “me and the world” in digital reality. Broadband, which allows a large amount of data to be transmitted quickly, becomes an essential factor for economic, cultural and social growth. The exhibition also emphasizes the current need to be aware of the place from which we dialogue with the world.

Exhibition is on view until 26 December 2017.

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Rachel Lowe and Gavin Wade in conversation with Alison Green


narrative projects is proud to be hosting a talk facilitated by Dr Alison Green, in which Rachel Lowe and Gavin Wade will be discussing the dynamics of collaboration between artists and curators, and the complexities entailed in this relationship.

How can these complexities support, intercept or redefine the process of creativity? Within these frameworks, Rachel and Gavin will interrogate the roles that daily archiving and architecture in the service of art play in their practices.

Sunday 5 November 2017, 12pm

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Harm van den Dorpel in Open Codes at ZKM, Karlsruhe


The exhibition Open Codes reflects on the world we live in today; a world that is created and controlled by digital codes. From communication to transportation (of people, goods, and messages), from design to production, from political economy and capital regimes, our contemporary societies are guided by codes written in programming languages that use electromagnetic waves and computers.

Open Codes is conceived by Peter Weibel and curated by Peter Weibel, Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás, Yasemin Keskintepe, and Blanca Giménez assisted by the external advisors Natalia Fuchs, Franz Pichler.

Exhibition dates 20 October 2017 – 5 August 2018

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Sketches from Nature limited edition by Taus Makhacheva


narrative projects is pleased to announce a limited edition by Taus Makhacheva produced by Shaltai Editions, Moscow and will be on view at the gallery during and after Frieze week.

Sketches from Nature are the underlining lines, footnotes and exclamation marks, which readers use to make a book their own. These are notes about nature, about the environment and about the body of an artist, as well as our collective body. This project started with the question about how one can free his/her body from the desire to consume and reflects on contemporary practices of fasting. The artist references the Cookbook for the Hungry, 1911, by Natalia Borisovna Nordman and the detoxification methods practiced at Verba Mayr centre in Moscow.

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A Q&A with… Taus Makhacheva, video artist and Venice hit


Russian artist Taus Makhacheva is known predominantly for her video-based works, often set within the evocative and vast landscapes of Dagestan and featuring a lone character attempting near impossible feats. Her highly acclaimed video work Tightrope is currently part of Christine Macel’s International Art Exhibition, ‘Viva Arte Viva‘ at the Venice Biennale, along with Baida, an invisible performance (scripted by Tim Etchells).

Enigmatic, poetic and infused with varying degrees of irony, her pieces invite the viewer to suspend their sense of disbelief as they question whether what they see in front of them is real. Text by Pippa Koszerek

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Book Launch: APTART Exhibition Histories at Whitechapel Gallery, London


A collective of artists, a gallery and a movement, APTART was a series of self organised ‘anti-shows’ that took place in a private apartment and outdoor spaces in Moscow between 1982 and 1984. These covert and anarchic actions, which soon came into conflict with the Soviet authorities, represent a collective attempt to rethink the politics of exhibition-making and the practice of making public in the absence of a public sphere. Coinciding with the launch of this latest publication in the Exhibition Histories series, join artists Vadim Zakharov and Nikita Alexeev and art historian Margarita Tupitsyn as they revisit APTART as an artistic and political project.

Zilkha Auditorium

Saturday 23 September 3pm

In association with Afterall and supported by narrative projects, London and Galerie Iragui, Moscow.

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Harm van den Dorpel in Immortalism at Kunstverein Freiburg


In 1922, under the slogan ‘immortalism and interplanetarism’ the Moscow biocosmists called for nothing less than the immediate annulment of human life’s temporal and spatial restrictions. Their beliefs followed the traditions of the Russian philosopher Nikolaj Fedorov, who saw, alongside the expansion into outer space, the overcoming of mortality as the central aim of mankind. He believed all of this to be achievable with the aid of science and technology.

Exhibition dates 15 September – 29 October 2017

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Antonis Pittas in Extra Citizen at Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp


Kunsthal Extra City reopens with the group exhibition ‘Extra Citizen’, curated by Antonia Alampi and ILiana Fokianaki, and its accompanying public program ‘Unravelling Citizenship’, curated by Michiel Vandevelde.
This exhibition and public program, conceived as a prologue to Extra City’s three-year programme, look into processes, behaviours and strategies of citizenship, in cities that need to adapt to the diversity of their present and future inhabitants.

Exhibition continues until 10 December 2017

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A Matter of Trust lecture performance by Carlos Noronha Feio

A Matter of Trust lecture performance is a non-partisan low formality presentation of an alternative currency collection of the same name. Through this lecture-performance Noronha Feio speaks, comments, criticizes, and tells the story/history and strategies behind currencies. In A Matter of Trust, the artist’s objective is to lure the spectator into a world of possibilities and strategies present in everyday exchanges, which are, importantly, available to anyone willing.
7.30 pm August 30, 2017
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Art-o-Rama, Marseille: Solo presentation by Rachel Lowe


narrative projects is pleased to present a new body of work by Rachel Lowe at Art-o-Rama in Marseille.

We Know, 2017 is one of three new works which Rachel Lowe will be presenting at the fair. Shown across five monitors, the work seeks to create an alternate reality in which five totemic entities recite an eerily subjective poem.A second piece of work utilises the cables from each of the five monitors, so that they become an integral part of a large black and white paper collage displayed on the other side of the wall, questioning what is the back, what is the front , and what the subject is? Finally, for the third piece, thirty smaller collages will be presented as a large symmetrical grid. Each collage, made from one day’s free newspaper torn into concentric rings, becomes an abstracted essence of that particular day.

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Taus Makhacheva in the main project of the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art


All industrial revolutions transform our relation to space and time, as well as work and play. Today most of us walk around every day with an immense archive of images in our pockets; the changing nature of work, and the movement of the body, both individual and collective, defines a kind of choreography; language is adapting once again to this new revolution. The 4th Ural Biennal will explore this through its themes of “image as witness, the choreographies of capital,” and “the persistence of the word”, – João Ribas, curator of the main project of the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.

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Endless Celebration by Mahmoud Bakhshi on IBRAAZ


The controversy around Decommunisation and its methods has fostered the Social Contract project, which interrogates the role of commemorative objects in public space. It is aimed at creating a discussion platform for the art community, society and authorities on the status and functions of commemorative objects in urban space, using the case of the Lenin statue in Kyiv as an example. In his previous works and projects, Mahmoud Bakhshi often looked at a role of a public monument (sculpture) as advertising for new ideas. The artist developed this project as an attempt to visually articulate the historical choice made by the Ukrainians when they removed the Lenin monument from its place.

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totem index by Xiao-yang Li reviewed in ArtAsiaPacific


In his 2012 treatise The Origins of the World’s Mythologies, linguist and philologist Michael Witzel suggests a commonality between all the world’s major myths. However, that original story is long forgotten. Although boundlessly generative in its influence on the stories we tell today, it is unspeakable. A great deal of erudition is required to evince the form of such old and ineffable things, because their truth is to be found in between an innumerable multitude of effable ones. In Xiao-yang Li’s first solo show, “Totem Index,” at Narrative Projects gallery in London, the artist exploits a wide base of knowledge to explore one such truth. Text by Ned Carter Miles.

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Mahmoud Bakhshi in Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX


Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians illuminates the multifaceted histories and identities of Iranians today. Through works of art by Iranian-born artists across three generations, the exhibition sheds light on the rich heritage-as well as the trials and triumphs-of the Iranian people during a period of social and political unrest.

Exhibition continues until 24 September.

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Rachel Lowe in Lines of Light at University of Leicester


Rachel Lowe is part of group exhibition curated by MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies, University of Leicester. The exhibition is composed of the works from Arts Council collection and includes works by Lygia Clark, Douglas Gordon, Malcolm Hughes and John Stezaker among others.

Exhibition continues until 28 October.

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totem index by Xiao-yang Li in Wall Street International


In this exhibition, Li presents a new body of work in which she looks at the relationship between space and surface in a wider sense. The artist has created a series of small ceramic sculptures, which reference her main pictorial subjects. The works are presented on purpose built steps, bringing to mind the shape of an ancient ziggurat or a temple, while simultaneously looking at formal hierarchies of female bodies.

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Harm van den Dorpel in Site Visit at Kunstverein Freiburg


A site visit is usually part of an exhibition planning: An artist visits a location regarding a prospective exhibition. Based on this ritual the Kunstverein Freiburg invites guests and combines this with shifts of certain time and space parameters of its exhibition programmes. It is less a format of an inventory more of a futures draft: It asks what could be, and focuses on potentialities of artistic practices and presentations from a future perspective. Harm van den Dorpel develops the website for Site Visit with online contributions of the individual guests.

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The Bureau of Authentication, Michal Baror and Patrick Hough The Bureau of Authentication, Michal Baror and Patrick Hough, Art Monthly in print May 2017


At narrative projects ‘The Bureau of Authentication’ also references, and relies upon, the potencial significance of paper. The project by artists Michal Baror and Patrick Hough, is the result of two months residency in Tel Aviv in which they researched the intersection of archeology and politics in the region of Israel/Palestine – specifically, the antiques trade in Israel, which is one of the countires in the Middle East where the antiques trade is legal. Text by Kathryn Lloyd.

Carlos Noronha Feio: A Matter of Trust, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius


“In A Matter of Trust I comment, question and show, different forms of currency i’ve accumulated. I will tell you as much as I can, and as much as I know, sometimes being wrong, dubbed or simply naive. Through this collection, i show you my wallet, with its paper, plastic, metal, clay, tin, silk, leather, veneer, gold, silver, bronze, wool, salt, perspex, polyester, cotton, nickel, wood, propaganda, lost ideologies, nationalisms, localisms, globalisms, wishes, trust, rust…” Carlos Noronha Feio.

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Venice Biennale: Whose Reflection Do You See?


The New York Times review of the 57th Venice Biennale – Viva Arte Viva curated by Christine Macel, mentioning the work Tightrope, 2015 by Taus Makhacheva as one of the highlights of the exhibition. Text by Holland Cotter.

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57th Venice Biennale review – the Germans steal the show


The Observer review of the 57th Venice Biennale opens with Taus Makhacheva Tightrope, 2015. ‘High in the Caucasian mountains, beneath a canopy of blazing blue sky, a tightrope walker inches between two peaks. Nothing prevents him from plummeting but his own skill – and the curious prop of a picture’. Text by Laura Cumming.

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narrative projects at ARCO Lisboa 2017, OPENING, Booth 04


narrative projects is pleased to present the works by Patrick Hough (b 1989, Galway, Ireland), Xiao-yang Li (b 1985 Harbin, China), Taus Makhacheva (b 1983 Moscow, Russia) and Carlos Noronha Feio (b 1981 Lisbon, Portugal) in the OPENING section curated by João Laia at the second edition of ARCO art fair in Lisbon.

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Baida performance by Taus Makhacheva developed for 57th Venice Biennale

The performance takes place daily for the duration of the exhibition in the open waters of the Adriatic Sea at the following coordinates: 45°23’30.8”N 12°24’47.7”E.
The script​ by Tim Etchells,​ performed by Zubair Dzhavatkhanov and Artem Krupin.
The project produced with the support of Gazprombank and Art Finance, Moscow
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Taus Makhacheva: Tightrope by MOUSSE PUBLISHING


Published to document a project by the Dagestani artist Taus Makhacheva that consists of the film Tightrope and the series of performances On the Benefits of Pyramids in Cultural Education, Strengthening of National Consciousness, and the Formation of Moral and Ethical Guideposts, this book is built around a dialogue between Makhacheva and the protagonist of her film, the tightrope walker Rasul Abakarov. The publication offers insight into the artist’s practice and elaborates on the topics she tackles in her works. The interplay between the histories of art and the narratives that structure one’s identity are further examined in the contributions by curator Bart De Baere, decolonial theorist Madina Tlostanova, and archivist Sabih Ahmed. Edited by Vladislav Shapovalov.

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The Unity of Time and Place by Mahmoud Bakhshi, Artforum in print May 2017


Mordad, the fifth month of the Iranian calendar is the hottest time of year in the country. As it happens, both the coup d’etat of 1953 and the start of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 occured on the twenty-eighth of Mordad, or August 19 according to Gregorian calendar. Mahmoud Bakhshi’s gallery filling installation The Unity od Time and Place, 2017, evokes this chornological overlap and a place central to these events: Abadan, an oil producing city in southwestern Iran. Text by Sylwia Serafinowicz.

Wall Street International writes about The Bureau of Authentication


The work springs from an interest into the antiquities trade in Israel, one of the only countries in the Middle East where the buying and selling antiquities is legal. The laws regulating the sale of these objects can be traced back to the British Mandate period when Palestine formed part of British Empire.

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This Is Tomorrow reviews Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017: Neither One Thing or Another


The Jerwood/FVU Awards is an annual prize inviting submissions from artists in the first five years of their practice. For the 2017 edition, applicants were asked to respond to the curatorial theme ‘Neither One Thing or Another’. Lawrence Lek and Patrick Hough were awarded £20,000 each in support of their work, now showcased at Jerwood Space. Text by Carolina Mostert.

Exhibition on view until 14 May 2017.

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And If In A Thousand Years a film by Patrick Hough in Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017: Neither One Thing Or Another, Jerwood Space, London


The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017 exhibition will premiere two newly commissioned moving-image works by selected artists Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek, the recipients of the 2017 Awards. In response to the curatorial theme, Neither One Thing Or Another, Hough and Lek both employ pioneering, conceptually fitting, technologies to examine the steadily blurring line between the real and the artificial.

Exhibition opens on 22 March 2017.

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The Unity of Time and Place, Mahmoud Bakhshi


Review by Piers Masterson

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Mahmoud Bakhshi: ‘I was focusing on the people who died, and on an artist doing something, which then has an effect that is a problem’


Turning the gallery at narrative projects, London, into a 1970s cinema, Bakhshi places his audience at the centre of two pivotal – and parallel – events in recent Iranian history.

Interview by Anna McNay

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Mahmoud Bakhshi at narrative projects


By Anna Wallace-Thompson

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The Unity of Time and Place: Iranian artist Mahmoud Bakhshi at narrative projects, London


Mahmoud Bakhshi explores the unresolved triggers of the 1979 Iranian Revolution in “The Unity of Time and Place” at narrative projects.

By Rebecca Close

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The violence of Iran’s 1979 revolution


An immersive installation by Iranian artist Mahmoud Bakhshi centres on the infamous Cinema Rex fire in Abadan on August 19, 1978.

By Richard Holledge


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Cinema Rex Tragedy of 1978 is Recreated in London Exhibition by Mahmoud Bakhshi

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Artist delves into Iran’s tragic cinema blaze

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Mahmoud Bakhshi: The Unity of Time and Place


Review by Henry Broome

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The Unity of Time and Place


Why does Iranian artist Mahmoud Bakhshi panic in cinemas?

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Taus Makhacheva in Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art

Presenting works made by more than 60 artists from across the country, Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art captures the zeitgeist of some of the most active and influential creative figures of the past five years, offering insight into the diversity of social tendencies that constitute the underexplored Russian art scene. A curatorial team of six members of Garage Program Department traveled through the country’s eight federal districts, visiting more than 40 cities and towns, crossing eleven time zones, in climates that range from the subtropical to subarctic.
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H I E R O P H A N I E S by Patrick Hough


The Swiss Church in London in cooperation with Goldsmiths University cordially invites you to the upcoming solo show of London-based, Irish artist Patrick Hough. Curated by Goldsmiths student Marian Stindt, the exhibition Hierophanies takes as its departure the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. During the process of Reformation, objects belonging to the church were stripped of their holy status, inducing a wave of iconoclasm, or the destruction of religious imagery. Patrick Hough’s work reflects on the relationship between archaeology, technology and the reanimating power of digital cinema, in the context of contemporary iconoclasm – particularly the recent destruction of cultural and religious heritage throughout Syria and Iraq.

Exhibition continues until 17 March.

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Taus Makhacheva participating in 57th Biennale di Venezia VIVA ARTE VIVA!


Curated by Christine Macel

Exhibition dates: May 13 – November 26, 2017

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Art Rotterdam New Art Section booth 90


narrative projects is pleased to present at Art Rotterdam New Art Section 2017 booth 90 a solo survey by Rachel Lowe (b 1968). Lowe is one of the most influential conceptual video artists of her generation in Britain. Over the last five years Lowe has worked on a series of collages that were shown at the gallery in 2015. In our booth at the fair we will show Landscape (Dead Horse), 2014 a seven meter long collage alongside a selection of the most significant video works by the artist. The works chosen, although made over a period of almost twenty years, all seek to highlight the gap, which exists between experience and representation, both visually and conceptually, whilst simultaneously engaging with the physicality of the moving image.

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Mahmoud Bakhshi in Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians in Agha Khan Museum, Toronto


Cultural rebellion and lyrical reflection come together in this world-premiere exhibition showcasing one of the most important collections of contemporary Iranian art. Encounter the works of 23 artists who have chosen self-expression over silence — men and women separated by generations but united in their desire to explore complex issues against a backdrop of political and social unrest.

Exhibition continues until 4 June

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AQNB on Hybrid Vigor by Harm van den Dorpel

Berlin-based artist Harm van den Dorpel just released new online project Hybrid Vigor in early January, 2017.
The web-based work brings together elements of the biological and technological through an algorithmic system of shapes and lines, creating a feedback between the input and the software used. Often working between online and IRL exhibition spaces, Dorpel’s work explores randomly generated outcomes.
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Taus Makhacheva in The Border: Exhibition Project of Goethe Institute, Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts


Where does Europe end and Asia begin? What is the influence of borders and who draws them? The exhibition “The Border” studies and analyses borders as  territorial isolations or on the contrary accessions, as cultural or social barriers, as an instrument separating “us” from the “others”.  The “red line” here is a geographical and cultural border between Europe and Asia. The artists involved in the project are approaching the theme extending the scope of the political and economical and focus on cultural, artistic, personal and humorous aspects. Exhibition is curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter.

Exhibition continues until 26 February

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Antonis Pittas, Road to Victory at Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen


The exhibition emerged out of the art centre’s collaboration with Pittas and Mousse Publishing on the forthcoming book by the same name, which is a conceptual publication that extends Pittas’s artistic practice as well as an anthology of essays reflecting on his work and its various contexts. Together the book and exhibition present an artist-initiated re-reading of the seminal work of exhibition designer, Herbert Bayer, whose 1942 exhibition Road to Victory at the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a highly aestheticised and celebratory representation of the American involvement in the Second World War.

Exhibition continues until 9 April

Book launch and discussion: March 30, 7–9pm, with Antonis Pittas, Galit Eilat and Steven ten Thije, moderated by Anthea Buys

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UNTITLED San Francisco, booth A12


For the first edition of UNTITLED art fair in San Francisco narrative projects joins forces with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery and presents curated booth with new works by Harm van den Dorpel (b. 1981), Jeremy Everett (b. 1979), Carlos Noronha Feio (b. 1981) and Martine Poppe (b. 1988).  UNTITLED innovates the standard art fair model by presenting a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue.

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Taus Makhacheva winner of Kandinsky Prize 2016


Taus Makhacheva wins the 10th Anniversary Kandinsky Prize as Young Artist. Project of the year, for superhero character  Super Taus (artist’s aletr ego) performance Untitled 2, 2016. The Kandinsky Prize objectives are: the support and development of Russian contemporary art and securing of its positions not only in Russia but also on the world stage. Along with the British Turner Prize and the French Marcel Duchamp Prize, Kandinsky Prize is considered to be one of the most important national awards in the contemporary art field.

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Carlos Noronha Feio in the new art fest 2016, Lisbon


The early decision of this project was to use a few window stores at Baixa-Chiado in Lisbon (the famous ‘devantures’ that Marcel Duchamp liked so much), for about one week in November, to exhibit works of art, possibly renewing the Surrealist idea of ‘cadavre exquis’, and joining the content of each participating store with the intention, imagination and creativity of invited artists. The intended technological twist of this collaborative work is, on the other hand, a festival’s watermark.

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Taus Makhacheva in Why Not Ask Again, the 11th Shanghai Biennale


The phrase “Why Not Ask Again” is a bid, and a query, whose ascending, joyously twisting arc embraces the maneuvers, disputations and stories that contain and encode the turbulences and transports of our time. A listener eavesdropping on deep space walks out of the pages of the recent science fiction novel written in Chinese, The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. A wanderer steps out into the deep time of eternity and the straight path of a police bullet in the terminal sequence of the picaresque Bengali film Jukti, Takko aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and a Story) from 1974 by Ritwik Ghatak. They embody the spirit of a mobile triangulation between reason, intuition and the fabulous that the 11th Shanghai Biennale seeks to discover, transmit, and learn from. Curated by Raqs Media Collective.

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ENDLESS CELEBRATION Installation by Mahmoud Bakhshi at the former site of the Lenin’s monument in Kyiv, Ukraine


The Endless Celebration by Mahmoud Bakhshi is a subjective ironical comment made by the artist on this particular historical moment that culminated in the radical action of removing the monument. In his previous works and projects, Bakhshi often looked at a role of a public monument as advertising for new ideas. The artist developed this project as an attempt to visually articulate the historical choice made by the Ukrainians when they removed the Lenin monument from its place.

Installation is on view at the former site of the Lenin’s monument on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard in Kyiv.

7 November – 21 November 2016

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Sława Harasymowicz, The Spring to Come at The Poetry Library, Southbank


The exhibition unravels the story of a semi-hypothetical figure, an aspiring poet, and his attempts to deal with the reality of war through imagination and language. The exhibition is the final chapter of a three-part multidisciplinary project that has included two other solo exhibitions by Harasymowicz at Centrala Gallery, Birmingham and narrative projects, London, curated by Dominik Czechowski, supported by Arts Council England.

Exhibition dates 5 October 2016 – 10 January 2017

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Harm van den Dorpel at the ICA, London


ICA Associates: PAN present Aleksandra Domanović & M.E.S.H., Ville Haimala & Jenna Sutela, Harm van den Dorpel and HELM x Embassy for the Displaced.Since 2008, multi-disciplinary label PAN has been building a network of international artists with an emphasis on adaption to the rapidly changing cultural and material conditions of contemporary musicians and sound artists today.

Since 2008, multi-disciplinary label PAN has been building a network of international artists with an emphasis on adaption to the rapidly changing cultural and material conditions of contemporary musicians and sound artists today.

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narrative projects at CROSSROADS ART SHOW 2016 6 – 9 October 2016 Booth F21


narrative projects is pleased to present works by Mahmoud Bakhshi (b.1977, Tehran), Goia Mujalli (b.1985, Rio de Janeiro) and Carlos Noronha Feio (b.1981, Lisbon) at the first edition of Crossroads Art Show in London.


H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D at MMOMA – Moscow Museum of Modern Art


In the current period of accelerated motion, our minds and bodies move, change and adapt to the settings and networks we navigate daily.We shape-shift while opening windows, closing folders and browsing through reflecting surfaces; soft borders permanently redefining our identities. As a consequence, any hypothetical separation between nature and culture has been dissolved, our natural environment becoming a cultural environment.

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From thingness point of view


One of the main Russian newspapers reviewed the exhibition in depth introducing its readers to the new media art and placing it within the context of wider current affairs. Text by Valentin Dyakonov (in Russian)

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Uncountable Youth / Moscow International Biennale for Young Art


With its manifesto-like tone, curator Joao Laia’s “Hyperconnected” refers both to object-oriented ontology and theories of the Anthropocene as two ways of decentralizing the primacy of human subjectivity. Proposing a conflation of culture with nature, it also privileges relations over entities – something that modern philosophy since Descartes has strongly rejected. Text by Andrey Shental.

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The 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art Signals Millennials’ Deepest Anxieties


The Biennial’s two “strategic projects,” by contrast, were coherent and well paced. João Laia’s “H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D” used each of the multiple levels at the Moscow Museum of Modern art to explore an interlinked theme, notably showing multiple works by many of the artists. This allowed for something approaching meaningful insight into the artists’ investigation of particular ideas and themes (this change of pace was also essayed in Manifesta 11’s co-curated historical exhibition, albeit on an overwhelming scale-trendwatchers take note.) Text by Hettie Judah.

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Carlos Noronha Feio in Secret European Studio, ARTHOUSE1, London


London’s art scene benefits from an international outlook, much of which comes from the presence of European artists. Yet that’s doubly threatened: first, by the troubling referendum outcome, which risks reducing artists’ ease of access; and second by the increasing difficulty of finding living and studio space in the capital – a problem, of course, for all artists. ‘Secret European Studio’ celebrates, somewhat mournfully, the current diversity of the London art scene by focusing on what’s being made by artists who come from EU countries, but live here. Curated by Paul Carey-Kent.

Exhibition continues until 30 July 2016

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Family Function: Harm van den Dorpel’s Algorithmic Art


Perhaps some aspects of the creative mind can be stored in code, but all of it? While the analytical capabilities of artificial intelligence are recognized as “real,” many refuse to acknowledge that simulations of taste can be equally authentic.  The common-sense consensus seems to be that aesthetic feeling is too complex to ever quantify, as it is generated by dozens of factors, from class upbringing and education, to social influences and pressures, to remembered and learned preferences. Text by Nora N. Khan.

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Harm van den Dorpel in Wer nicht denken will, fliegt raus – Handlungsanweisungen nach Beuys at the Museum Kurhaus, Kleve


The show—which includes eight other artists, including Hito Steyerl and Alice Channer—takes its title from a provocative saying by Joseph Beuys, which can be translated, “He who does not think will be thrown out.” In an interview, curator Heinrich Dietz said he wanted to further explore Beuys’s suggestion that the engagement and interpretation of art is entirely contingent on the ability to think. The works by van den Dorpel challenge the notion that thinking and the capacity for making and appreciating art are exclusive to human beings.

Exhibition continues until 18 September 2016

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Patrick Hough in H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D, the Strategic project of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art at MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art


In the current period of accelerated motion, our minds and bodies move, change and adapt to the settings and networks we navigate daily. We shape-shift while opening windows, closing folders and browsing through reflecting surfaces; soft borders permanently redefining our identities. Exhibition is curated by João Laia.

Exhibition continues until 14 August 2016

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discursive foundations of sunsight reviewed by James Gormley for This Is Tomorrow


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial ‘reinterpretation’ of the Japanese constitution could see Japan assert itself as an international military presence for the first time in the seven decades since it’s surrender ended World War II. At least, that is, in the aid of allies; revisions notwithstanding, Article 9 still renounces the state’s sovereign right to belligerency.

This kimono is one of a few singular, arresting, indigestible chunks of history that Portuguese artist Carlos Noronha Feio has included in his exhibition ‘discursive foundations of sunsight’ at narrative projects.

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Rachel Lowe in Found, a group exhibition at the Foundling Museum, London


For this major exhibition, Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker has invited over sixty outstanding artists from a range of creative disciplines to respond to the theme of ‘found’, reflecting on the Museum’s heritage. Combining new and existing work with found objects kept for their significance, the exhibition will unfold throughout the Museum, interacting with historic works in the Collection and with each other.

Exhibition dates: 27 May 2016 — 04 Sep 2016

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Carlos Noronha Feio interviewed by Yvette Greslé in Contemporâ


In depth conversation between an artist and art historian exploring the ideas behind Noronha Feio’s most recent exhibition at the gallery. (In Portuguese)

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Congratulations to Patrick Hough on being a recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017


Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek are announced recipients of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017. Each receive £20,000 to develop significant new moving-image works for exhibition in spring 2017.

Echoing this year’s curatorial theme of Neither One Thing or Another, both artists’ proposals examine the steadily blurring line between the real and the artificial, and the increasingly intimate interplay between physical objects and their virtual counterparts.

The new work by Patrick Hough will be exhibited at Jerwood Space in Spring 2017.

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Taus Makhacheva at La Galerie 0 – Espace Prospectif, Centre Pompidou, Paris


Taus Makhacheva participates in the group exhibition entitled Museum On/Off, curated by Alicia Knock at the Centre Pompidou’s newly launched Galerie 0 – Espace Prospectif, Musee, a space dedicated to different forms of contemporary creation, designed to foster experimentaion and question the exhibition concept.  Museum On/Off involves unexpected new museographical extentions and fictional annexes, whereby artists take over a dynamic space-time incorporating temporary hangs and performances, real space and virtual space.

Exhibition dates: 11 – 16 May 2016

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Rachel Lowe in a group exhibition Painting as Film


At the center of the Kunsthalle Darmstadt exhibition Painting as Film are works that reflect the painterly process in film or even go a step further and merge both media. Camera and projector thereby bring to light something that the viewer normally does not get to see. In addition to works of contemporary artists, the exhibition also presents a selection of classic examples of the experimental animated film.

Exhibition continues until 24 July 2016

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Congratulations to Harm van den Dorpel winner of Net Based Award


A young generation of artists has grown up with the Internet and in a digital culture; they use these tools quite naturally in their work, as sources of inspiration and material, and as a venue for art. It is to the Internet as the site for art production and as a medium for distribution that the new prize, ‹net based›, is dedicated.

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Carlos Noronha Feio in PERIPLOS / Arte portugués de hoy


The exhibition is curated by the director of the Centro de Arte Contemporânea de Málaga, Fernando Francés, in partnership with the Benetton Foundation. An overview of works by contemporary Portuguese artists that are part of the CAC Málaga collection.

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Artist Profile: Harm van den Dorpel


The latest in a series of interviews with artists who have a significant body of work that makes use of or responds to network culture and digital technologies. Text by William Kherbek

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Feature on Taus Makhacheva in Artforum


Flanken by the Caucasus Mountains on the highest plateau in Dagestan, the village of Tsovkra-1 has parlayed the perils of its topography into a peculiar claim to fame: that every able-bodied member of its roughly four-hundred-person population can walk a tightrope. While locals say that this skill was first developed simply as a way to traverse the region’s slopes and crevices, tightrope walking is now considered an integral part of the republic’s cultural heritage….  Text by Kate Sutton

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narrative projects at Art Rotterdam New Art Section booth 94


We are delighted to announce a solo presentation by Mahmoud Bakhshi at this year’s edition of Art Rotterdam in New Art Section. The presentation consists of fourteen works on paper from the artist’s Hard Copy series, as well new projects that Bakhshi developed during his recent two – year residency at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

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Mahmoud Bakhshi in Engage, Exchange at Kunstruimtevan De Nederlandsche Bank‬, Amsterdam


DNB’s art collection is not only of benefit to its employees, but also to visitors, in inspiring and encouraging a dialogue about the various subjects represented by the works of art.This triggers a dialogue about the events, latent, ongoing or current, that inspire the artists and transpire in their works. Furthermore, this blend of works puts the collection in a new and fresh perspective and contributes to its recontextualisation. Art as a vehicle to convey a message and raise awareness of important issues is the foundation of the exhibition.

Exhibition continues until 26 February 2016

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IOU Reviewed by Siobhan Leddy for This Is Tomorrow


With ‘IOU’, Harm van den Dorpel is asking us to believe in ghosts. In these newly commissioned works for narrative projects, van den Dorpel conducts something like a séance: bringing the past into the present; making visible the invisible.

The ‘IOU’ works are all made by firing a heat gun at thermo-sensitive paper, much like the sort used in till receipts. This method produces monochrome smears, smudges and drips on the once-perfect white canvas, creating something reminiscent of Abstract Expressionist painting.

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Dissociative Social Media


…Deli Near Info is derived from “de-linear,” which represents an alternative approach to the ubiquitous timeline-based, scrolling social media sites, which place newer content at the top. Harm van den Dorpel believes this kind of linear organization of content is “only about the now,” and does not allow the user to cultivate memory by making associations over time.

Text by Ché Zara Blomfield

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Harm van den Dorpel Honors Hacktivists and Netizens in London


…Macbeth’s nihilistic roar seemed to crackle in the background of Harm van den Dorpel’s exhibition “IOU” at London’s Narrative Projects. The show consists of works van den Dorpel made by staining thermo-sensitive paper using an open flame. The works themselves are not intrinsically nihilistic, though there is, both literally and figuratively, a darkness in the undefined shapes that haunt their surfaces.

Text by William Kherbek

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narrative projects at UNTITLED, Miami Beach, booth D07


narrative projects will be showing in Miami Beach for the second consecutive year. For this edition of UNTITLED we are pleased to present a booth that includes works by Nikita Alexeev (b.1953, Moscow), Mahmoud Bakhshi (b.1977, Tehran) and Carlos Noronha Feio (b.1981, Lisbon).

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Harm van den Dorpel in Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1


Harm van der Dorpel streams content from, Deli Near PAN Franchise (Autosurfing) β, which maps decaying actor-network theory visuals across the VW Dome.

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Mahmoud Bakhshi, bon-gah #1


This is the first event of its kind organised by bon-gah in Tehran. A group of artists from Iran and elsewhere was gathered together by Mahmoud Bakhshi and Arash Hanaei to challenge the habitual perception of the boundary that lies between an artist studio and an exhibition space. They transformed the gallery space into a fluid, live environment similar to that of a workshop, where ideas collide and develop. What may come across as chaos at first glance, later presents an extraordinary order – an exhibition without an exhibitor.

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Taus Makhacheva in 19 Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil


The festival became established over the years as a diverse, multiple platform devoted to spreading, fostering and reflecting about art productions from the global South, an area comprising Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Oceania and some countries in Europe and Asia. Significant geopolitical changes are taking place, radically redefining the notions of North and South.

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Patrick Hough in Levitate! at freiraum Q21 INTERNATIONAL in Vienna


The exhibition explores the potential of levitation as the power to overcome gravity and make monuments and people rise, as a form of protest, resistance and liberation.  Levitate!  Curated by Daria Khan. The exhibition is held at freiraum Q21 INTERNATIONAL in the Museums Quartier Wien from 23 September–22 November 2015. It will be accompanied by a symposium held during the VIENNA ART WEEK on 21 November aimed to provide a conceptual and philosophical framework for the show.

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Taus Makhacheva is presenting a new performance at 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art


How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 – Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 – Nov 1, 2015

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Taus Makhacheva in Kyiv International Biennale 2015: The School of Kyiv


Opening its venues in Kyiv on 8 September, the Kyiv Biennial 2015 presents a new format of an art biennial that integrates exhibitions and sites of public reflection. Works of more than 100 international and Ukrainian artists will be shown in an open display structure, designed as six schools, where artists and intellectuals from around the world will meet and work with the public in collaborative forums.

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Round – tripping reviewed by Helena Haimes for This Is Tomorrow


Flick through any art news source over the last few months and you’re guaranteed to find a story exclaiming at the giddy, apparently exponentially increasing prices being commanded at various auctions. …arts journalists started asking lots of money-centric, sometimes philosophical questions – about perceived cultural value; what a work can really be said to be ‘worth’; and why art of every age is now perceived as a kind of currency in its own right.

The current exhibition by Zimbabwean artist Gareth Nyandoro and Hull-born Richard Parry at Narrative Projects profoundly hints at all this and more.

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Carlos Noronha Feio Oikonomia: A Matter of Trust reviewed in Contemporânea


Carlos Noronha Feio is the artist chosen to launch ECHOES on the Wall: artistas portugueses no estrangeiro, a programme of solo exhibitions held at MNAC, Lisbon. In her review of the exhibition Luisa Santos reflects on the problematics of contemporary migration and the formal shift in art production. (in Portuguese)

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narrative projects at Art Marbella, booth E 09


We are pleased to announce a solo presentation of works by Carlos Noronha Feio at the first edition of Art Marbella/ Modern and Contemporary Art Show in Costa del Sol, Spain.

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Taus Makhacheva talks to Calvert Journal about the relationship between geopolitics, a societal change and food

Taus Makhacheva works between Moscow, where she was born, and her family home in Makhachkala, Dagestan. During a recent residency at London’s Delfina Foundation, Makhacheva staged a special dinner, exploring questions of memory, history and politics through food.
Image: Tim Bowditch, courtesy of Delfina Foundation
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Richard Parry on Art Zimbabwe

‘I think vinyl’s coming back, and all that crap’. Richard Parry talks about the Art Zimbabwe project, the global art world and the London art scene on the occasion of his participation in Europe Europe; a group exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo.
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Taus Makhacheva exhibition reviewed in This Is Tomorrow


‘Vababai Vadadai!’ is a phrase used in the Northern Caucasus region of Russia to indicate ‘amazement’ and ‘ultimate excitement’. This title seems fitting for Makhacheva’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in the bright airy space of Narrative Projects in Fitzrovia.

Text by Katherine Jackson

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Carlos Noronha Feio Oikonomia: A Matter of Trust, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Lisbon


Carlos Noronha Feio is the artist chosen to launch ECHOES on the Wall: artistas portugueses no estrangeiro, a programme of solo exhibitions held at MNAC. The ECHOES project consists of a cycle of solo exhibitions that bring together young Portuguese artists who are working and living outside their country of origin.

Exhibition dates 30 May 2015 – 21 February 2016

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narrative projects on Artsy


We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Artsy – the online resource for art collecting and education. Follow us for exhibitions, art fairs and artists updates.

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The Guardian: Iran goes back to the future at Venice Biennale

Insightful review of The Great Game exhibition at the National Pavilion of Iran at 56th Venice Biennale that includes works by Mahmoud Bakhshi. Text by Natasha Morris.
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Nástio Mosquito at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Oratorio di San Ludovico, Dorsoduro


Ikon and Nuova Icona are pleased to present an exhibition by Nástio Mosquito curated by Jonathan Watkins.  In a variety of ways  Nástio Mosquito is pointing us towards a future in which clear distinctions made between art forms, between popular culture and fine art, and the categorisation of cultural identities will have become either redundant or irrelevant.

Exhibition on view until 26 July 2015

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Patrick Hough in BLACK BOX 2.0, Seattle


BLACK BOX 2.0 takes place May 6 – June 7, 2015, during the Seattle International Film Festival. It is organized independently by Aktionsart, a new art and technology nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest. Programming is nomadic and antidisciplinary, presenting contemporary artists who expand the language of cinema. The festival is focused on experimental film, video, new media art and moving-image-based work.

The second edition of Seattle’s first international art, film and technology festival includes over sixty artists exhibited in eight locations throughout the city.
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Taus Makhacheva in conversation with Leeza Ahmady in IBRAAZ


In this encounter, curator Leeza Ahmady and artist Taus Makhacheva unearth subtle links in their respective practices and in between the regions they navigate, or dismantle. Taking the form of an online ‘studio visit’, the discussion below took place over a period of eight weeks. What emerged was an ambitious and wide-reaching conversation that took in a range of topics, from Russian wedding banquets, to body builders and male wrestlers, to the history of object-making in the Caucasus.

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Rachel Lowe exhibition reviewed in This Is Tomorrow


In his writing on the practice of Expanded Cinema, Malcolm Le Grice refers to the distinction between narrative and spectator time that is embedded within the moving image…. Both narratological and perspectival rupture is the overarching subject of narrative project’s inaugural exhibition at its new space: a new body of work by artist Rachel Lowe.

Text by Joseph Constable

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56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia: Mahmoud Bakhshi, Gareth Nyandoro


We are pleased to announce:

Mahmoud Bakhshi in the National Pavilion of Iran Iranian Highlights and The Great Game

Venue: Calle San Giovanni 1074b, Cannaregio


Gareth Nyandoro in the National Pavilion of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Pixels of Ubuntu/Unhu: – Exploring the social and cultural identities of the 21st century

Venue: Santa Maria della Pieta

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Carlos Noronha Feio in MOSTYN OPEN 19


Since its inception in 1989, the Open has functioned as a call-out to artists of any age and residing place to enter, with an exhibition of the selected artworks taking place at MOSTYN, Wales. This year, MOSTYN Open 19 took the idea of being ‘open’ a step further. For the first time the gallery invited work from a wide range of disciplines to be considered; from fine and applied arts, to design, fashion and graphic communication. The works selected reflect this diversity, as well as the international reach of the Open, with artists from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and the USA, as well as from across the UK.

Exhibition dates: 14 March – 5 July 2015

Preview Evening: Friday 13 March 2015 6.30pm

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Patrick Hough in Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do at KARST, Plymouth


It is a group exhibition of new and existing works that dramatize the liveliness of materials. Through a particular focus on painting and sculpture, the work in the exhibition often uses abstraction as a vehicle for narrative, suggesting instability and flux. Work shifts between digital and analogue processes, with materials indexing social and physical temporalities.

Exhibition on view until 22 March 2015

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Nástio Mosquito solo show DAILY LOVEMAKING at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


This is the first solo exhibition of work by Nástio Mosquito, emerging to be one of the most exciting artists of his generation. Rooted in the broadcast industry, where Mosquito worked previously as director and cameraman, his artistic practice is extraordinary for its energy, intelligence and wit. It is as funny as it is confrontational, as candid as it is ironic, satirical and cool. It embraces film and music, theatrical performance, video and installation, often requiring the collaboration of others, most notably Spanish artist Vic Pereiró. (Image: Acts, 2012 Video, 12:17’. © Nastivicious)

Exhibition on view until 19 April 2015

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(In)sidenotes solo exhibition by Taus Makhacheva in Uppsala Art Museum


(In) sidenotes is the first major solo exhibition of Taus Makhacheva in Sweden. Using video as her primary means of expression Taus returns to the native Dagestan. The dazzling beauty Caucasian mountain scenery becomes a projection surface for a story about the clan society’s traditions, a Russian and Soviet colonialism and the human relationship to nature.

On view until 8 March 2015

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domus magazine reviews Too early, too late. Middle East and Modernity


A summary of Marco Scotini’s ideas about and reflections on the definition of the Middle East in contemporary situation. (in Italian)

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Thought provoking review of Taus Makhacheva practice in Modern Painters


By articulating, exaggerating, and deconstructing relationships of individual parts to the whole, Makhacheva is putting her native Dagestan on the map. An autonomous republic on the Caspian coast in the north Caucasus mountains… Makhacheva’s multidisciplinary practice fixes on geopolitical boundaries to address immaterial borders throughout the area.

Text by Anna Kats

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Too early, too late. Middle East and Modernity reviewed in Mousse

After the success of last year’s exhibition The Empty Pedestal dedicated to art in post-Soviet nations, Arte Fiera Collecting continues its exhibition schedule in 2015 with an extensive overview of the Middle Eastern art scene. Marco Scotini’s new project Too early, too late. Middle East and Modernity examines the relationship between the East and Western modernity.
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Works by Mahmoud Bakhshi and Taus Makhacheva are included in Too early, too late. Middle East and Modernity


An exhibition project curated by Marco Scotini, aimed at exploring the relationship between Western modernity and Middle Eastern culture and history.

Within its 2015 exhibition programme, Arte Fiera Collecting presents the largest ever exhibition in Italy dedicated to the Middle Eastern art scene. From 22 January to 12 April 2015, the exhibition will be hosted by Bologna’s Pinacoteca Nazionale to remind today’s visitors of the fact that Bologna has a centuries-old relationship with the Middle East.

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Congratulations to Nástio Mosquito!


Introducing the artist who shared the Main Prize in 2014, the jury stated: ‘Combining text, performance, video and installation in a distinctly original manner, Mosquito re-invents storytelling for our current moment. In complex vignettes that evoke a long tradition of spoken word poetry and musical improvisation, he brings an alternative dimension to the way in which we experience art, as well as the fraught realities of our global society’.

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narrative projects at UNTITLED. Miami Beach 3 – 7 December 2014 booth D03


We are pleased to present works by Mahmoud Bakhshi, Patrick Hough and Carlos Noronha Feio at UNTITLED art in Miami Beach. 2014 edition of the fair is guest curated by Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia, co-founders of the distinguished publishing houses onestar press and Three Star Books in Paris, they introduce a new perspective to the international focus and content development of the fair.

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What? Whose? Why? project and TalkCloud exhibition at Yay Gallery in Baku are being reflected upon in IBRAAZ Platform 008


How do we productively map the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between North Africa, the Middle East and the Global South?

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Mahmoud Bakhshi sculpture is in group show I WANT TO BE A FUTURIST in Turin, Italy


I WANT TO BE A FUTURIST  by  Manuel De Santaren and Rebecca Russo

The Videoinsight® Foundation actively participates, as every year, to the International Artissima Fair in Turin, Italy that takes place on November 6 – 10 2014On 6th November 2014 8-11 pm the Videoinsight® Center offers to the Audience the exhibition “I WANT TO BE A FUTURIST”: a selection of videos from the prestigious Collections of Video Art of Manuel De Santaren, one of the most important American collectors, and Rebecca Russo.

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Patrick Hough is included in Wild Things at the Green Parrot, Barcelona


The Green Parrot, a non-for profit space in Barcelona. The show that includes: June Crespo, Patrick Hough, Anna Franceschini is the last chapter in a trilogy of exhibitions that brings together topics related to design, economy and sociology in an attempt to understand the shifting dynamics of human-object relationships. The exhibition is on until until 19 December 2014.

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Carlos Noronha Feio is taking part in Afa an urban festival organized by Pop Hub Bari


The festival is aimed to reactivate abandoned spaces and areas in the city.

More than a group show, it will be a three day event, where to show off, chill out and see Carlos Noronha Feio‘s pseudo-luxury silk scarfs MATTER OF TRUST (Art 4 Debt 4 global citizenry), Joey Villemont‘s anti-stress online project RELAAX.IN, new cut vinyls by Ilja Karilampi and Daniel Keller‘s driftwood from Bari with “Blue Ocean Strategy (Eclectic OffShore)” audio file.

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Patrick Hough will present a new version of Object Interviews at Arnolfini, Bristol


The screening programme is curated by Matt Carter for LUX. Looking, Mediated is a new LUX touring programme of moving image works by artists who utilise, address and challenge contemporary forms of visual experience.

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Richard Parry is included in group exhibition Europe, Europe at Astrup Fearnley Museet


Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran this exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museet brings together over 30 young artists under the age 35 from eight European cities: Berlin, Brussels, Paris, London, Zurich, Prague, Lisbon and Oslo. The exhibition is the first part of an extensive and evolving exhibition series that will travel on to other European art institutions.

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Pelican Haus launch their first album at Project Native Informant


1 August 2014 6.30 – 8.30pm

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EVA INTERNATIONAL 2014 Programme Launch and performance by Nástio Mosquito


As part of the launch Nástio Mosquito, who is undertaking a residency at IMMA in the lead up to EVA 2014, will premiere a new performance that responds to the question “can art do anything?”

Friday 21st March, 2014

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Carlos Noronha Feio interviewed by Yvette Greslé


A thought provoking conversation between Carlos Noronha Feio and Yvette Greslé about the relationships between traditions of rug-making, Universism and post-colonial discourse.

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Carlos Noronha Feio at The Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary


Matter of Trust by Carlos Noronha Feio at Nottingham Contemporary’s The Small Collections Room, curated by Emma Moore, from 12 March to 15 June 2014.

I looked in my wallet and all I could find was paper, plastic, metal, clay, tin, silk, leather, veneer, gold, silver, bronze, wool, salt, perspex, polyester, cotton, nickel, wood, propaganda, lost ideologies, nationalisms, localisms, globalisms, wishes, trust, rust…

London based artist Carlos Noronha Feio has been building a collection of alternative currencies for several years and presents a selection of these in all four of our cabinets. Many pieces in the collection are not in fact legal tender, yet they function as a means of payment in their mutual acceptance by exchanging parties. A limited edition silk print has been produced to coincide with the exhibition and provides the opportunity for active involvement in Noronha Feio’s project.

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Richard Parry at the Mews Project space, London


Social Ceramics by Richard Parry at the Mews Project Space, London. Exhibition continues until 15 March 2014.

Boutique works from the Hull-born artist.

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Insightful review of Recalling the Future: Post-revolutionary Iranian Art on Sotheby’s Blog


The new exhibition at SOAS, University of London should make a few of its visitors sit up and take note. Things are not quite as we had expected them. The 29 artists in this show aim to challenge assumptions about Iranian art, shaking up the basic conception of the country’s modern canon.

Text by Roxane Zand

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Financial Times reviewed group exhibition Recalling the Future: Post-revolutionary Iranian Art


Insightful review by Gareth Harris of the group exhibition Recalling the Future: Post-revolutionary Iranian Art, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. It includes Mahmoud Bakhshi comments on his experience of being an artist in Iran.

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Mahmoud Bakhshi in ‘Recalling the Future: post-revolutionary Iranian art’ at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London


Post 1979 Iranian revolution artworks by 29 Iranian artists, many exhibiting in the UK for the first time, will be on display at The Brunei Gallery at SOAS, University of London from 16 January to 22 March 2014.

Recalling The Future challenges assumptions about ‘Iranian’art. As Iranian artists in the 1960s and 70s increasingly combined signifiers of their local, national identity with formal approaches fit for the increasing modernity of their environment, this exhibition demonstrates artwork that radically shakes up the basic conception of the country’s modern canon.


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Nástio Mosquito performance is part of First International Conference. Performance Art: Ethics in Action in CCC Garage, Moscow


on 13 December 2013 at CCC Garage, Moscow.

This December is the centenary of the seminal Cubo-Futurist performance Victory Over the Sun created by Kazimir Malevich, Alexei Kruchenych, and Mikhail Matyushin, which premiered in St. Petersburg in 1913.

To mark the centenary of performance art in Russia and to explore the complex relationship between ethics and aesthetics in the development of performance today, Garage presents its first international conference, “Performance Art: Ethics in Action.” The conference is also the first on this topic in Russia.

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Carlos Noronha Feio in conversation with Daria Kirsanova


As a part of THE FLAG: Instruction Manual #2, a collaboration between London based artist Carlos Noronha Feio, curator Daria Kirsanova and Tehran based curator Sohrab Kashani, Carlos Noronha Feio will be in conversation with Daria Kirsanova and the audience at Sazmanab on

1 May 2013 3.30 – 4.30 pm (GMT).

This event is conducted via Internet from London and open to public via live stream.