Ziad Antar (Lebanon/France)
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|Still from Tokyo Tonight by Ziad Antar, 2003|
Courtesy the artist
In his book Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1889), Lewis Carroll described an impossible map. In this fantasy, a professor explains how his country´s cartographers were experimenting with ever larger maps until they finally made one with a scale of a mile to a mile. “It has never been spread out, yet”, he says. “The farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So now we use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”
The art project 1:1 brings together six international contemporary artists whose works exploit the concept of ‘mapping’. This concept becomes here a tool for (re)defining subjectivity (in)formed by and through complex bio-political forces. Physical borders start taking the shape of mental borders and representation comes into sharp focus.
Through the selected works, the project discuses the European Union´s intransigent attitude during negotiations with future member states and the reverberations of their subsequent integration. Namely the economic dictatorship that followed.Therefore the project points towards the impact that Europe, this increasingly powerful united nations territory, bears globally. 1:1 addresses the complex relationship to memory, citizenship and identity in a confrontational and deliberately evasive way. Its point of departure is the constant pulling between wanting and needing of the newly affiliated territories to European Union.
1 S. Huntington, Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity, (Simon & Schcester, 2001), p. 86
Liliana Basarab invites the participants to the opening to wear three pairs of sandals with entangled back straps. This workshop represents the translation of the artist’s older ceramic based sculpture, titled Family Relationships, 2008 into a performative intervention.
91/2 Weeks, directed by Adriane Lyne, USA, 1986, 1h 34 min, starring Mickey Rourke & Kim Basinger;
This project was realized without any financial help and we would like to thank the invited artists and Plan B Gallery in Berlin for their generosity.
The point of departure for this project is based on Mihaela Varzari's MA Dissertation in History in Art, Between Wanting and Needing, Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe, supervised by the Prof Dr Lanfranco Aceti, 2008, Birkbeck College, London.