Violence, calamity and the absurdity of war are recorded extensively within The Archive of Modern Conflict, the largest photographic collection of its kind in the world. For their most recent work, Holy Bible, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin mined this archive with philosopher Adi Ophir’s central tenet in mind: that God reveals himself predominantly through catastrophe, and that power structures within the Bible correlate with those within modern systems of governance.
The format of Broomberg and Chanarin’s illustrated Holy Bible mimics both the precise structure and the physical form of the King James Version. By allowing elements of the original text to guide their image selection, the artists explore themes of authorship, and the unspoken criteria used to determine acceptable evidence of conflict.
Holy Bible is a co-publication between MACK and the AMC. For more information please see choppedliverpress.com
Siemon Allen has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Fine Arts for 2013. In its eighty-ninth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
Siemon Allen’s large-scale architectural installation Labels is currently on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town, until 31 July 2013.
mounir fatmi has been shortlisted for the 3rd edition of the Jameel Prize, to be exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London from 11 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. Although the shortlist is diverse, all the artists and designers are directly inspired by sources rooted in the Islamic tradition. The works on show will range from Arabic typography and calligraphy to fashion inspired by the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, and from social design and video installation to delicate and precise miniature drawings. The winner of the Jameel Prize 3 will be announced at the V&A on 10 December 2013.
Jodi Bieber’s first major solo exhibition in Germany – Between Darkness and Light – which debuted at Stadthaus Ulm in 2012, travels to Museum Goch this year. The show includes close to one hundred photographs from some of Bieber’s most significant series. The exhibition runs from 24 February – 26 May 2013.
mounir fatmi is exhibiting on various major international shows in 2013 including Ici, Ailleurs at the Marseille-Provence 2013 European cultural capital (12 January – 7 April 2013) and Le Pont in the Museum of contemporary Art both in Marseille, France (25 May – 20 October 2013). He will also be exhibiting on 25 years of arab creativity at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (05 – 31 March 2013) and on the 5th Auckland Triennial in New Zealand (10 May – 11 August 2013). Later in the year fatmi will be exhibiting at the Bahrain National Museum and in Bodies Speaking Out: New International Ceramics at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Kudzanai Chiurai has been selected to be a part of the upcoming exhibition, eMerging:Visual Art and Music in a Post-Hip-Hop Era at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Each year, MoCADA’s exhibitions explore current social justice issues facing communities and aesthetic innovations emerging from the African Diaspora. eMerging explores the artistic conversations that characterise contemporary Black art and culture, epitomised by the exchange between music and visual art. The exhibition runs from 14 February to 26 May 2013.
The Slave Lodge, part of the Iziko Museums of South Africa, is currently exhibiting Siemon Allen’s Labels, a large-scale architectural installation. Displayed in the museum’s Music Room, the work features 5000 photographs of record labels inserted into a suspended clear plastic curtain. The installation has been configured to converse with part of the museum’s collection of historical artifacts, in this case two vintage grand pianos, two clocks and an antique gramophone. The exhibition runs from 12 January to 31 July 2013.
William Kentridge’s first large-scale solo exhibition in South America has been travelling since October 2012. The retrospective is currently on at Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) in Rio de Janeiro until 17 February 2013. It will then travel to Fundação Iberê Camargo (FIC), Porto Alegre from 07 March 2013 – June 2013 and then Pinacoteca Do Estado De São Paulo, São Paulo from 28 August 2013 – 17 November 2013.