Drawing from the evocative imagery of sci-fi, Neil Beloufa, Meriem Bennani, and Bertrand Dezoteux each set their works in futuristic times and territories, in which the characters are either extraterrestrials or “posthumans,” whose bodies, minds, and speech diverge from terrestrial norms. Each film plays with the double meaning of the word “alien:” they appropriate elements from science-fiction cinema to reflect on immigration, diasporic communities, and representation as seen through the colonial gaze.
The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with artist Meriem Bennani and Line Ajan, MCA Barjeel Global Fellow. MCA Screenings feature works of contemporary cinema that expand traditional notions of moviegoing.
Consider movement and belonging in this screening of works by Elia Suleiman, Bani Abidi, and Steffani Jemison. At the second screening session accompanying the exhibition Alien vs. Citizen, we’ll view works uniquely inspired by early twentieth-century absurd and silent cinema, which produce poetic images that reflect on freedom of movement, policing, and alienation in today’s world.
With works by Francis Alÿs, Latifa Echakch, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Edward Krasiński, Sol LeWitt, Ana Mendieta, Annette Messager, Howardena Pindell and Zarina
Lines are the first gesture in writing, drawing, and sculpture making them central to representation. While we often describe lines as definitive—“a line in the sand,” or “crossing the line”—artists in this exhibition play with these limits, revealing how they can change and move.
Taking the title from a Sol LeWitt artist’s book, The Location of Lines further examines the form of a line in the context of space and politics. Through a variety of representations in the prints, drawings, photographs, and videos that make up the exhibition, viewers are invited to reconsider the line and its meaning, both in imagination and in reality. These uses span from the abstract to the concrete: the line as a form, as a symbol, as a concept, and ultimately as a geographic border. Each artwork reveals how lines, limits, and borders are constructed and how they can change. After all, for those in power, lines can be erased just as easily as they are drawn.