Untitled 14 KM
23.06 – 24.06.2021
Untitled 14 KM explores how the art world currently approaches the concept of contemporary art in its relation with identity, and specifically Arab identity. Youness Atbane examines this through an enacted dialogue between fictional characters: an Arab-Andalusian poet, a director of the museum of contemporary art, a curator, and an artist. These characters are trying to set up an exhibition that analyzes the concept of modernism through the interpretation of the poetic writings of the Andalusian Arab era, as well as the analysis of artworks by existing and recognised contemporary Arab artists. Untitled 14 KM reflects on negotiations, conflicts, competitions, and illegitimacy, related to the definition of what a ‘contemporary Arab identity’ could mean in the art world.
• Youness Atbane lives and works in Casablanca and Berlin. He studied at ICI – Centre Choréographique de Montpelier and at the university of Nice. He has collaborated with artists like Khalid Benghrib, Jean-Marc Mattos, Juan Domingues, Xavier Le Roy, Neto Machado, Rochus Aust, Fawzi Benssidi, Kelly Bond, etc.
conception Youness Atbane | associated artists Aziz Nadif Youness Atbane Zouheir Atbane Kamal Adissa | vocals Aziz Nadif | sound creation Zouheir Atbane | assistance & dramaturgy Anna Weissenfels, Henri Jules Julien | installation and montage Collectif Pixylone | co-production Studio Emad EDDIN Stiftelsen & The Arab Arts Focus with the support of the Ford Foundation, Sundance Institut, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Moussem Nomadic Art center | support L’uzine Artlab (Berlin), LTK4 (Cologne)