This survey exhibition of Jananne Al-Ani’s 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-Ani’s 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-Ani’s 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.
MAY – JULY 2010