Khaled Hafez – "On Presidents and Superheroes".
Michael Szpakowski writes about Khaled Hafez's work, featured in the group show 'Subversion' at Manchester’s Cornerhouse, UK. A unique exhibition of new and recent contemporary art that explores and rethinks modern Arab identity. Consisting of artworks from various artists who are united by a strong connection to the Arabic speaking world. Curated by Glaswegian Egyptian-Turkish writer Omar Kholeif.
"Like many of the artists I was looking at, I felt that collectively curators and writers associated with the politically unstable Arab world were being asked to step up and perform to an identity that the world wanted us to play. With Subversion my aim was to do just the opposite. I worked with artists who referenced this very language but who wanted to dissent, poke fun, critique and re-define themselves as artists of the imagination, and not of any specific social or political condition." Omar Kholeif.
This review is a collaboration between Furtherfield and DVBlog.
Watch Hafez's film 'On Presidents and Superheroes' on the DVBlog website
Subversion at Cornerhouse.
Galleries 1, 2 & 3
Sat 14 Apr 2012 – Tue 5 Jun 2012
Mon - Closed, Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Artists: Akram Zaatari, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Khaled Hafez, Larissa Sansour, Marwa Arsanios, Sharif Waked, Sherif El-Azma, Tarzan and Arab, Wafaa Bilal
Curator: Omar Kholeif