Organised by Warehouse421
In this exhibition, the respective artists will focus on the main yard in their respective countries - Chittagong in Bangladesh, Alang in India and Gadani in Pakistan. Though each uses a distinct medium and methodology, they all complicate the purported objectivity of the documentary image - photographic, archival, acoustic and filmic, with a surreal twist.
Experimenting with various analogue cameras, film stocks and unconventional processing techniques, Ahmed’s large-scale prints and intimate polaroids zero in on the ships’ dismembered carcasses and capture minute details of the surrounding landscapes. In his moody images, the vessels appear as ghostly ruins and the site a picturesque nautical graveyard, much like the field of abandoned dhows near Warehouse421.
The exhibition takes its enigmatic title from a famous mid-19th-century painting by the French Realist Gustave Courbet, showing two male peasants breaking rocks. Courbet’s unflinching portrayals of the rural poor, which captured the impoverished conditions in which they lived and worked, inaugurated an important humanist tradition of social realist art.
Mar 07 - Apr 26, 2020, 10:00 - 22:00
Jul 09, 2019 - Jul 01, 2020
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Oct 24, 2019 - Apr 24, 2020
Nation Galleria, Abu Dhabi
Feb 15 - Mar 28, 2020
NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2020
New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
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