Project Space: Out of Place
Tate Modern: Exhibition
11 February 17 April 2011
Part of the series Project Space
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  • Ahlam Shibli, Untitled (The Valley no. 18), Arab al-Shibli, Palestine, 2007-8

    Ahlam Shibli
    Untitled (The Valley no. 18) Arab al-Shibli, Palestine 2007–8

    Courtesy the artist

  • Ahlam Shibli Untitled (The Valley no. 15), Arab al-Shibli, Palestine, 2007-8 a temporary structure on a road in a landscape

    Ahlam Shibli
    Untitled (The Valley no. 15), Arab al-Shibli, Palestine 2007–8

    Courtesy the artist

  • Cevdet Erek Shading Monument for the Artist, 2009

    Cevdet Erek
    Shading Monument for the Artist 2009

    Produced for Centri/fugations exhibition at La Capella, Barcelona City Council, as a result of the exchange between Can Xalant, Center for Creation and Contemporary Thought in Mataró (Barcelona) and Platform Garanti of Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Hrair Sarkissian Untitled (In Between series) 2007

    Hrair Sarkissian
    Untitled (In Between series) 2007

    Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki

  • Hrair Sarkissian Untitled (In Between series) 2007

    Hrair Sarkissian
    Untitled (In Between series) 2007

    Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki

  • Ion Grigorescu Bata Alba 1979 (still)

    Ion Grigorescu
    Bata Alba 1979 (still)

    Courtesy the artist and Galerija Gregor Podnar Berlin/Ljubljana

  • Ion Grigorescu, Fences, from City in Socialism series, 1974 - 87

    Ion Grigorescu
    Fences, from City in Socialism series 1974–7

    Courtesy the artist and Galerija Gregor Podnar Berlin/Ljubljana

Tate Modern’s Project Space presents Out of Place, an exhibition that has arisen from a collaboration between Tate Modern and Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan. The exhibition features four artists from different backgrounds whose diverse political and social circumstances have prompted them to consider their environment. The artists in Out of Place each explore the relationship between dominant political forces and personal and collective histories by looking at urban space, architectural structures and the condition of displacement.

Hrair Sarkissian’s In Between 2007 is a series of large-scale photographs of austere Soviet-style buildings left abandoned in the dramatic hills and valleys of rural Armenia. They register the paradox experienced by this Syrian artist of Armenian origin of ‘returning’ to a land which he had only known from family stories, as the reality of the region replaced the country he had imagined. In The Valley 2007–8, Ahlam Shibli explores conditions in the village Arab al-Shibli, where Palestinians living under Israeli jurisdiction face relocation from their land. In Goter 2002–3, she looks at the lives of Palestinians of Bedouin descent from al-Naqab (Negev).

In the 1970s, Ion Grigorescu began recording everyday scenes in his home city of Bucharest with an 8 mm camera. In his films and photographs he focuses on the unregimented activities taking place amid the rapidly changing urban landscape. His images of children playing, as well as of haphazardly discarded objects, contrast with the uniformity of the surrounding architecture from Romania’s Communist past. Cevdet Erek’s Shading Monument for the Artist 2009 reflects more generally on the possibilities of political art. The shadow-sculpture casts text on the gallery wall with varying intensity throughout the day; the words have been taken from memorials to those who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Appropriating these words for his artist’s monument, Erek blurs the status of political activism and artistic action.

Out of Place is curated by Kasia Redzisz and Ala’ Younis.

This programme has been made possible with the generous support of Catherine Petitgas. It is conceived and led by Tate Modern’s Assistant Curators, in dialogue with Tanya Barson, Curator.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman and Tate Modern, London initiated by Suha Shoman (Founder, Darat al Funun) and Sheena Wagstaff (Chief Curator, Tate Modern).

Presented at both venues, this exhibition is supported by the World Collections Programme with additional support from the Romanian Cultural Institute at Tate.