Mona Hatoum

The two pieces of work for Mona Hatoum that I plan to include in this dissertation are Present Tense (1996) and Continental Drift (2000). Although the Palestinian artist in exile, Mona Hatoum uses maps in her artwork, these are not to make direct political statements, in fact her focus is more about the aesthetics of the artwork, the materials used and simplification to produce a reduced form that arrive at an abstraction which can then suggest many different associations with the piece. The piece Present Tense (1996), the first cartographic piece by Mona Hatoum, constructed over the space of a…

El Anatsui

The artwork created by El Anatsui that I am including in the imaginary museum is Tsia Tsia (2013) and Diaspora (2012). Made for the Royal Academy in 2013 and displayed on the outside of the building, Tsia Tsia – Searching for Connection by El Anatsui is made up of nine panels that measure overall 15.6m by 25m and is made from his signature chain-mail of aluminium bottle tops, printing plates announcing births, deaths and marriages and discarded roofing sheets  providing squares of vibrant colour woven together with copper wire which shimmer and gleam in the sunlight giving this piece a…

Emily Jacir

The artwork created by Emily Jacir that I am including in the imaginary gallery is Salt of the Sea and Where We Come From (Osama) 2001-2003. The question “If I could do something for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?” was the impetus for the artwork Where We Come From (Osama) created between 2001 and 2003 by Emily Jacir. Soliciting requests from Palestinians who faced severe travel restrictions, she sought to realize the wishes of those Palestinians forbidden to enter their homeland. Carrying an American passport provided Jacir with the freedom to move around her homeland that the…

Curatorial Writing

Curator Introductions There is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but various methods. Here is one simplified process to put on an exhibition from start to finish. If feasible, give yourself at least six months to arrange all the necessary details. In today’s art world, you do not need to be a museum staff member to curate an art exhibition. You could be an independent art curator and work — that’s right — independently. A curator’s job is like a movie director’s in that you need to oversee every detail of the production so it helps to be extremely organized and that…

Scottish and Welsh Diaspora

Reflection on the Scottish and Welsh Diaspora Diasporic Communities have moved around the globe for centuries. The most pertinent examples would be the migration of a Scottish and a Welsh community to the region of Chubut in Patagonia. In search of a new life, the 150 Welsh people who set sail from Liverpool in 1865 on the Mimosa. The overriding reason for this migration was to preserve and not dilute the Welsh language, however despite all odds the Welsh community in Patagonia thrived and continue to grow to this day. Both communities of Welsh and Scottish individuals of whom historically…

John Akomfrah

The work of John Akomfrah that I am including in the imaginary exhibition is Auto Da Fé (2016). Born in Ghana in 1957 to parents involved in Anti-Colonial Activism, Akomfrah, influenced by Stuart Hall has lived in Britain since the age of four and is one of the UK’s most prominent film makers, dealing with issues surrounding race, diaspora and migration, combining original footage with archival material, his films are poetic and wide reaching in an attempt to provide a voice to the African Diaspora. Auto Da Fé (2016) is the second film installation by John Akomfrah, a poetic, enigmatic…

Diaspora

The word diaspora comes from the Greek word for scattering seeds. A style of post-1960s art which rejected the traditional values and politically conservative assumptions of its predecessors, in favour of a wider, more entertaining concept of art, using new artistic forms enriched by video and computer-based technology. The evolution of film making as a visual art form. The subject of freedom of expression from the perspective of a film maker. The evolution of technology in the field of visual art. Censorship on the various visual arts and why art holds such a strong influence. Role of the artist to heal and…