Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions:
Jasmina Metwaly & Yazan Khalili

 

New dates:
30 May – 19 July 20

 

A pioneering model for co-commissioning ambitious new work initiated by Mophradat, the Consortium Commissions exemplify the organization’s inventive approach to supporting artists from the Arab world. KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents part of the first edition of the new program with two solo exhibitions by Jasmina Metwaly (born in 1982, PL) and Yazan Khalili (born in 1981, SY).

 

 

Jasmina Metwaly
Anbar

 
<p>Jasmina Metwaly, <i>Anbar</i>, 2019, Courtesy Jasmina Metwaly</p>

Jasmina Metwaly, Anbar, 2019, Courtesy Jasmina Metwaly

 

Jasmina Metwaly presents Anbar (2019), a three-channel video installation with textile components, addressing the semantics of military uniforms in the aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The work is organized around three characters—a onetime soldier, a tailor, and an activist filmmaker—who each demonstrate particular ties to the Egyptian military.

 

<p>Jasmina Metwaly, <em>Untitled</em> (detail), 2019–2020, and <em>Anbar (Marta’s studio)</em>, 2019, installation view of the exhibition <em>Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions: Jasmina Metwaly & Yazan Khalili</em> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2020, Courtesy the artist and Mophradat, Photo: Frank Sperling</p>

Jasmina Metwaly, Untitled (detail), 2019–2020, and Anbar (Marta’s studio), 2019, installation view of the exhibition Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions: Jasmina Metwaly & Yazan Khalili at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2020, Courtesy the artist and Mophradat, Photo: Frank Sperling

 

 

The exhibition by Jasmina Metwaly is part of the Consortium Commissions—a project initiated by Mophradat. It is presented in association with Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (US). 

 

 

Yazan Khalili
Medusa

 
<p>Yazan Khalili, <em>Medusa</em>, 2020, Courtesy Yazan Khalili</p>

Yazan Khalili, Medusa, 2020, Courtesy Yazan Khalili

 

Yazan Khalili presents Medusa (2020)—a video installation based on the artist’s long-standing engagement with digital archiving in times of political unrest. Khalili addresses the rise of facial recognition technologies. The human face as basic mode of identification triggers well-known dystopic tropes and scenarios. However, technology is created by humans and their respective weaknesses; and thinking technology needs to be informed by human imagination in its overtly emancipatory capacity.

 

<p>Yazan Khalili, <em>Medusa</em>, 2020, installation view of the exhibition <em>Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions: Jasmina Metwaly & Yazan Khalili</em> at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2020, Courtesy the artist and Mophradat, Photo: Frank Sperling</p>

Yazan Khalili, Medusa, 2020, installation view of the exhibition Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions: Jasmina Metwaly & Yazan Khalili at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2020, Courtesy the artist and Mophradat, Photo: Frank Sperling

 

The exhibition by Yazan Khalili is part of The Consortium Commissions—a project initiated by Mophradat. It is presented in association with Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (CA).

 

 

The exhibition’s accompanying program will further reflect the collective practices Jasmina Metwaly and Yazan Khalili stand for. Metwaly is known for her work with the prominent Cairo-based video collective Mosireen, while Khalili is director of the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, a groundbreaking non-profit organization in Ramallah (PS).

 

Curator: Tirdad Zolghadr
Assistant Curator: Kathrin Bentele

 

Exhibition Folder (PDF)

 

Exhibition walk-through with curator Tirdad Zolghadr

 

<p>The exhibition by Yasmina Metwaly and Yazan Khalili is commissioned by Mophradat and presented within the context of the exhibition by Kris Lemsalu Malone & Kyp Malone Lemsalu <em>Love Song Sing-Along</em>.</p>

 

The exhibition by Yasmina Metwaly and Yazan Khalili is commissioned by Mophradat and presented within the context of the exhibition by Kris Lemsalu Malone & Kyp Malone Lemsalu Love Song Sing-Along.