Press Kit Solo show Younes Baba Ali
Press Kit Exposición Desencuentro(s) by Younes Baba Ali, Galería Sabrina Amrani, Jan-Febr 2012
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‘Desencuentro(s)’ by Younes Baba-AliFrom next 11th January until 18th February,in Sabrina Amrani GalleryAn eye in the West, and another across the Gibraltar Strait. Themigrant vision of the Moroccan artist Younes Baba-Ali (Oujda, 1986)stars in his upcoming exhibition Desencuentro(s) (Unecounters) inSabrina Amrani Art Gallery (Madera, 23. Madrid). The exhibitionreflects on the process of migration, but also on the hypermodernmans anonymity increasingly away from the idea of community.Audio, video, installations, drawings and even objects that have hadtheir own migration to Europe make this proposal of blithe spirit, withwhich Sabrina Amrani continues her approach to the art that is emer-ging in North Africa and Middle East.Baba-Ali says that without the interaction of the spectators, many ofhis pieces are meaningless. Therefore, he calls to live theunencounter(s) of his work, transporting the visitor to the sensationsproduced by the return home of an immigrant or a call to prayer in one
of the most universal language, morse code.The exhibition in the Sabrina Amrani Art Gallery opens with the installa-tion Social Landscape, a declaration of intent by the work ofAli-Baba. The piece was developed from plastic birds made in Chinaand purchased by the artist himself in a bazaar in Istanbul. Following asimilar path to these Chinese toys, many young North Africans dreamrepeatedly of flying to the old Europe in search of El Dorado. Howe-ver, as explained by Baba-Ali, the dream can be so empty and illusoryas the interior of these birds, produced mechanically.The disagreements and contradictions of the migration process arealso shown in the installations Ending your life under the sun andParabole (Parabolic dish). In the first, Baba-Ali shows the other sideof the migration process: that of Western retirees looking to spendtheir retirement years in the sunny southern countries of Europe andNorth Africa, like Spain, Morocco or Tunisia. Therefore, the piececonsists of a coffin that hides inside a UV machine. Meanwhile, thepiece ‘Parabole’ offers the opposite vision of migration: a satellitedish, always present in the homes of many immigrant communities,searching for a signal that connects the individual to his home ...without success.Sound, one of the hallmarks of the work of Baba-Ali, enters the scenewith Call for Prayer: a megaphone called to prayer five times a dayat the exact time at which the muezzins start singing every day. This isa sound that few westerners are oblivious, but not understand themeaning of what they hear. In this installation, the artist offers hisversion in Morse code ... will it break the language barrier?The trip proposed by Baba-Ali ends with a return home, often asdifficult and contradictory that the entry into a foreign country. Untit-led (Landspace) shows a landscape filled with garbage bags. It isone of the images they receive the expatriate who returns to manycountries of North Africa and Middle East: the non-biodegradableplastic bags that are not collected in the bustle of the souks and,abandoned, are dragged by the wind ending up hooked on trees.
About Younes Baba-AliBorn in 1986 in Oujda, Morocco, Younes Baba-Ali lives from an earlyage in France, but now lives and works in Brussels. After graduatingfrom the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg in 2008, has partici-pated in several international exhibitions and biennials.Among them, the Biennale of Marrakech AIM, the Biennale SkopjeBJCEM, Macedonia, Sketch Gallery, London; "FIAV 09", Catania, Sicily,"Brick & Mortar International Video Art Festival", Greenfield, UnitedStates; Espacio Menos Uno, Madrid, Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelo-na; Interference, Breda; CEAAC, Strasbourg, In-Sonora Sound ArtFestival, Madrid and La Galerie du Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg.Ending your life under the sun is a piece kindly sponsored byAtaudes Gallego (http://www.ataudesgallego.com/)PRESS OPEN DAY PUBLIC VERNISSAGETuesday, January 10th Wednesday, January 11thCalle Madera, 23 Calle Madera, 23Open Day - 11.00 to 20.00 hours 20:00 hoursFor more information:Cuca Guixeras Press Office Galería Sabrina Amrani00 34 91 781 10 30 00 34 627 539 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com@cucaguixeras.com firstname.lastname@example.orgMadera 23. 28004 Madrid, Spainhttp://sabrinaamrani.com | http://twitter.com/sabrinaamrani | http://facebook.com/sabrinaamraniartgallery