Artist Talk with Fadlabi
Chroma Zone muralist Fadlabi will discuss his artistic practice as well as the content of his mural, The Air at Night, which includes themes relating to his upbringing in Sudan and the ongoing Sudanese revolution. This talk will be held on Monday September 9 at 7 pm at Forecast Public Art. Chroma Zone will partner with Mizna and the Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M) in bringing Fadlabi. This project and lecture is a public component to Mizna's 20th anniversary retrospective exhibition, History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary, opening September 12, 2019 at the M.
What: Chroma Zone Mural Fest: Artist Talk
When: Monday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Where: Forecast Public Art, 2300 Myrtle Avenue #160, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55114
Fadlabi (b. 1975 in Omdurman) lives and works in Oslo. He was educated at the Art Academy in Oslo (KHiO), Al-Neelain University in Khartoum, and Sudan University. He works with painting, text, and performance. In 2008 he founded â€œOne Night Onlyâ€ an artist-run platform in Oslo that shows a new artist every Monday. Possibly, Norway's most busy gallery. Between 2010- 2014 he worked with artist Lars Cuzner on European Attraction Limited, a contemporary rendition of a human zoo named The Congo Village and was part of the 1914 World Fair in Oslo. They re-enacted the village and opened it to the public in May 2014. His recent shows includes Sharjah Biennial 11 (Sharjah), Bergen Assembly (Bergen)The Museum of Contemporary Art (Oslo), Kunsthall (Oslo), UKS (Oslo), Munchmuseet i bevegelse (Oslo), NY Art-book fair (NY),Performa 15 NY (NY), Temporary Gallery (Cologne), Nile Sunset Annex (Cairo), Al Riwaq (Manamah), the Saudi Arts Council (Jeddah), Darat Al Funun (Amman) and Townhouse (Cairo).
About History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary
History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary presents the work of artists who address what can be termed the "Arab imaginary" as a strategy for examining various social, cultural, and political positions. Best understood through a framework that recognizes the so-called Arab world and its diaspora as multiform, made up of 22 countries with distinct histories as well as diverse ethnicities, languages, and religions, this exhibition explores and scrutinizes the ways in which the region has been historicized. Through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, book art, installation, and video, featured artists make connections between contemporary geopolitics and the histories that inform them. Their works draw attention to the challenges of representation, including misunderstandings and missteps, and the limiting and problematic terms that are often used to define the region. History Is Not Here rejects the idea of history as a fixed category and looks to alternative imagery and approaches from which new "imaginaries" can be generated. This exhibition is on view at the M September 12, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Learn more here.