July 01, 2009

Currents of Time


A show well worth seeing in London is Currents of Time: Zineb Sedira’s 3 works at 2 Rivington Place. Rivington Place is worth a look being designed by David Adjaye. http://www.iniva.org/events/2007/david_adjaye

I managed to catch Hans Ulrich Obrist's conversation with her last week. He is really very impressive at getting an artist to relax and talk freely about their work in front of an andience. The high point of the installation is the newest part of the triptych, Floating Coffins, filmed on the coastline of Mauritania, where the world's shipping is beached and broken up. Although Sedira draws parallels through this with another of the region's characteristics - the harbour city of Nouadhibou, which has become a point of departure for African migrants trying to reach Europe, the complex arrangement of 14 screens with layered sound compiled by Mikhail Karikis, was remarkable artistically (the photo can't give you the effect obviously), and strongly reminiscent of the coast scenes in Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel "The Voyeur" in the way it made the moment of the experience of standing on the coast and at the same time in the gallery tangibly present.

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