News Release — Helen Day Art Center
Nov. 12, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Part of the exhibition: Unrest: Art, Activism & Revolution
Join Helen Day Art Center Wednesday, November 19th at 6:00 pm for an amazing opportunity to hear artist Lara Baladi talk about her experience and participation in the 2011 Egyptian uprisings. Lara Baladi is an Egyptian-Lebanese artist based in Cairo, Egypt. Baladi was instrumental in the 2011 Egyptian uprisings by co founding two media initiatives: Radio Tahrir and Tahrir Cinema, to make available and archive information during and about the revolution. Her work based on these archives is currently featured in the exhibition, Unrest: Art, Activism & Revolution on display until November 23rd. Baladi’s talk will articulate the position of the artist during the quickly shifting context of a revolution. How does Baladi position herself as an artist and activist during transition from dictatorship to revolution to post-revolution?
This is a truly unique opportunity, and one not to be missed!
About the artist:
Multi-disciplinary artist Lara Baladi is internationally recognized for an expansive body of work that crafts physical and psychological environments. Baladi applies investigations of myths, archives and personal narratives to a multiple range of mediums including architecture, installations, photography, collage, tapestry, perfume and sculpture.
Her large scale and immersive works include Don’t Touch Me Tomatoes & Chachacha commissioned by Dior and collection Fondation LVMH for the exhibition Miss Dior curated by Hervé Mikaeloff (Paris, Grand Palais, 2013), Qabr al Zaman (The Tomb of Time) commissioned by and collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar 2010), the final expression for Diary of the Future, Roba Vecchia (Ragman), a life-sized kaleidoscope first exhibited at the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo 2006) and Oum el Dounia (Arabic, The Mother of the World) commissioned by and collection of Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain for the exhibition Desert (Paris, 2000).
Borg el Amal (Arabic, Tower of Hope), an ephemeral construction and sound installation, won the Grand Nile Award at the 2008/2009 Cairo Biennale. In 2012, she collaborated with the Kiev Kamera Orchestra to adapt and perform live the Donkey Symphony, Borg el Amal’s sound component, at the first Kiev Contemporary Art Biennial. In 2003, she received a fellowship from the Japan Foundation. Some of the most recent artists residencies she participated in were the VASL program in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2010, and ArtOmi International Arts Center in 2014. For the coming Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, Baladi received a Fellowship from the Open Documentary Lab at MIT University (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to develop and produce the project Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age, on tracing and interpreting History using Tahrir Square as case study.
Within her artistic practice, Baladi is active in socially engaged projects. She has been a board member of the Arab Image Foundation since its creation in 1997. She is the founder and curator of the artist residency Fenenin el Rehal (Nomadic Artists), which was started in 2006 in Egypt’s White Desert. During the 2011 Egyptian uprising, the artist co-founded two media initiatives in Tahrir Square: Radio Tahrir and Tahrir Cinema. Baladi accumulated a massive digital archive of found videos, photographs and press articles that documented the events on the ground. The growing archive has resulted in a series of works, such as Alone, Together…In Media Res, that propose a meaningful reading of chaos.
Her works can be found in a number of institutional and private collections including the Fondation LVMH, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar), Bulgari (Italy), Chase Collection (New York), Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris), Kamel Lazaar Foundation (Tunisia) and Pori Museum (Finland), among others.
Free and open to the public.
Unrest: Art, Activism & Revolution is curated by Rachel Moore. Please visit helenday.com for details.
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm