The We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss group exhibition is on at Los Angeles’ Fahrenheit, opening September 16 and running to December 10.
Curated by Myriam Ben Salah, the show features work by Meriem Bennani, Phil Collins, GCC, Kareem Lotfy, Tala Madani, Jumana Manna, Slavs & Tatars, and French magazine Téléramadan. The announcement is introduced with a rousing text questioning the homogenous Western imagination of the Middle East, while referencing post-colonial critic Edward Said and Palestinian 2013 Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf among others. It also takes an excerpt from exhibition contributor Manna’s own 2010 video work ‘Blessed, Blessed, Oblivion’: “I’m telling you, if you don’t come now and bring Viagra for your father, I’ll go shame us all.”
Presenting a variety of artists that are from or deal with the region in their work, the exhibition attempts a portrait of place that goes beyond its restrictive outside image of “failure, conflict, and narrow aesthetic formulas.”
See the Fahrenheit website for details.**