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LAST CHANCE Ala Younis: Steps Toward the Impossible
A solo exhibition exploring Ala Younis’ multifaceted practice of the past 10 years. Best known for her extensively researched projects, Younis has explored the formation of the modern Arab world and the potential for renewed thought and action that the era continues to inspire. Her works in sculpture, installation, drawing and moving image often examine political realities through imaginative engagement with the era’s visual and material culture.
The exhibition will present two of Younis’ early works: Nefertiti (2008), video which examines Gamal Abdel Nasser’s nationalist project in Egypt through the story of its curvaceous home-grown sewing machine, and Tin Soldiers (2011), a moving reflection on militarisation enumerated through the minting of toy figurines representative of the region’s standing armies.
The presentation also features Enactment (2017), a suite of graphite drawings and inkjet prints based on documentation of political events that the artist has lifted from their original context and recomposed to portray moments of collective virtuosity. In addition, a new Sharjah Art Foundation commission self-reflexively considers the emergence of the Arab daytime TV dramas and the dramatic interplay of nations, investors, studios, currency fluctuations and political crises that shifted centres of culture and politics.
Above: Ala Younis, Nefertiti, 2008 (detail)