Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Live Cinema/In the Round: Contemporary Art from the East Mediterranean

Christodoulos Panayiotou, detail of "(Untitled) ACT I: The Departure," 2007. 
Courtesy of the Collection of Nicos Pattichis

Live Cinema/In the Round features the works of Ziad Antar, Inci Eviner, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hassan Khan, Maha Maamoun, and Christodoulos Panayiotou, six artists from the Eastern Mediterranean who, in varying ways, explore how the moving image informs representations of reality. Responding to the 'live' reference used in the program title Live Cinema, video and sculptural works create a dialogue around the shift from the live performance of theater to the suspension of reality of cinema. The artists appropriate and recompose the conventions of film to consider how personal expectations, desires, and memories are shaped through cinematic strategies.

The title of the exhibition, In the Round, takes its cue from the practice of “theater in the round,” in which the audience surrounds the stage, allowing for a more intimate experience for the viewer and a more realistic performance from the actors. Inspired by this theatrical technique, the works in this exhibition are not simply projected on a two-dimensional plane; they surround the audience and also migrate to other galleries within the museum. In each work, the actors (or sometimes the blatant absence of an actor) play out a specific role that invites the audience to imagine other possible narratives for the backdrops that host them.

November Paynter, Guest Curator
Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Barbara Kutis, Curatorial Intern, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Cinema/In the Round:Contemporary Art from the East Mediterranean
September 17, 2010 – February 6, 2011

Philadelphia Museum of Art