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Jananne Al-Ani, The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A Land Without People (detail), 2010, production still, dimensions variable. Photography: Adrian Warren. Courtesy of the artist

Jananne Al-Ani

This survey exhibition of Jananne Al-Aniís work highlights a number of recent film and video installations and a selection of photographic works dating from 1991 onwards, many of which were produced in the region. The exhibition traces Al-Aniís longstanding interest in the power of testimony and the documentary tradition, be it through intimate recollections of loss and memory, the exploration of more formal, official accounts of historic events or the way in which the enduring 19th century Orientalist stereotype of the middle eastern landscape, as an exotic and unoccupied space, continues to inform western media representations of the region. In 2003 a significant shift in Al-Aniís practice occurred, with the site of production moving from the controlled environment of the studio out into the landscape. The exhibition premiers the first part of The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A Land Without People. Shot in the south of Jordan, the work explores the disappearance of the body in the real and imagined landscapes of the region.

 



Jananne Al-Ani was born in Kirkuk, Iraq in 1966. She lives and works in London. Al-Ani studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 1997. Exhibiting widely, she has had solo shows at Tate Britain and the Imperial War Museum, London. Recent group exhibitions include Closer, Beirut Art Center and Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, MoMA, New York. Al-Ani has co-curated exhibitions including Veil and Fair Play.

 

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Jananne Al-Ani, survey exhibition of videos and photographs
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Witness from Baghdad, exhibition of photographs by Halim Al Karim
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