I came upon this exhibit happening at Sultan Gallery, opening on February 1, 2011. It looks like it could be interesting–seems like it might be a little less than pandering, in the season of euphoria that is the 50/20/5 celebrations that is starting off. I have never gone to the Sultan Gallery, but have read positive reviews of previous exhibits.
From their press release:
Sabhan, Kuwait – February, 2011: Sultan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of 50/20, a two-part exhibition featuring a new generation of artists who are challenging the construction of history through visual practice.
“The question of how individual memory fits or, more accurately, does not fit with history is at the heart of the question here.” – Gayatri Spivak.
As part of its mission to foment critical thinking through visual arts, Sultan Gallery has invited a number of artists, curators and similarly occupied individuals to superimpose their own visions of history in this exhibition commemorating 50 years of sovereignty within the State of Kuwait. The month-long exhibit will be held in February of 2011, with one opening on February 1st, and the second on February 15th beginning at 7pm.
The body of work being shown in this exhibition acts as a kind of historiographical analysis over the development of the State of Kuwait in relation to the rest of the world. Artists here explore a number of topical, socio-political issues that analyze how argument [tradition] shifts over time in response to the changing conditions of market and state [flux]. How was Kuwait culturally affected by a financial grown spurt with the discovery of petroleum? Is the country’s social and cultural development up to par with the Dinar? What is art to a society like Kuwait? These are some of the questions addressed through a range of mediums including video, photography, sound, sculpture, installations, and even the incorporation of design for debate as an aesthetic in art. Works range from individual histories, to folk, fiction, and secularist landscapes that combat stereotype, stigmas, and dogmas. Sultan Gallery invites you to explore 50 years of independence, and 20 years of liberation through the eyes of the country’s young cultural cohort and protagonists starting February 1st 2011.
February 1st | 7-9 pm
February 2nd | 10am – 4pm & 7-9 pm
February 3rd – 10th| 10am – 4pm (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays)
February 15th | 7-9 pm
February 16th | 10am – 4pm & 7-9 pm
February 17th – 24th|10am – 4pm (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays)
Sultangallery1969@gmail.com | Sultan Gallery | South Sabhan | Block 8, Street 105 Building 168 | Kuwait
Tel: +965 24714325/26 ext. 111 | Mob: +965 60970001