The Classroom │ La Salle de Classe
The exhibition “The Classroom – La Salle de Classe” presents works by two Moroccan artists of different generations who are concerned with the lives of children and adolescents in Morocco: Hicham Benohoud and Hicham Matini. In a poetic-surreal way, they take a critical look at the children’s everyday lives in school and their role in society, their handling of media images, their dreams, fears and hopes.
11-28 January 2019
Mahe Mehr Gallery
No. 7, Niloufar Street, Africa Blvd
Katharina Maria Raab | Gallerist
Asieh Salimian | Factory TT Berlin/Tehran
Ali & Ramyar (Iran)
Negar Alemzadeh Gorji (Iran)
Mahi Binebine (Morocco)
Mostafa Choobtarash (Iran)
Rima Eslammaslak (Iran)
Ahmed Kamel (Egypt)
David Krippendorff (Germany)
Elisabeth Masé (Switzerland)
Andrea Salvino (Italy)
Mina Talaee (Iran)
In today’s world, we observe a new stage in the evolution of the capitalist system, which seeks to harness and harmonize the world through the media influence, the collapse and displacement of economic and political boundaries, as well as the takeover and imposition of production. With the dominance of super-companies on the world, changes occur throughout the societies, which have a huge impact on culture, private and social structures, including the family, the young generation, relations between women and men, and so on. It also creates the patterns which define and harmonize our relationships. In this system, by the engineering of human and cultural relations, the technical necessities and the “reform” of native traditions and structures, different procedures of deprivation, regulation, and discipline are used to facilitate the “governance” on individuals and groups. Finally, it leads to the formation of new powers which are distinct from the traditional methods of governance. In this way, we encounter different forms of social inhibition as well as exercise of power and internal suppression by the people.
On the other hand, our today’s world, regardless of this influence, has found new frameworks and definitions of social structure. These new movements, which have arisen from human rights, women’s rights, besides social and environmental responsibilities, have played a major role even in contemporary art. Thus, scenes of power struggle between the volition and the role of the people of society, against the propaganda and the mechanism of power and domination have emerged. Comprehension of the cultural currents which guide society requires knowledge about the new behaviours of the people in modern and postmodern societies; Therefore, knowledge about the various aspects of the human spirit is a major step for understanding cultures and intercultural relationships. This spirit may appear in the gender field, it may also be used as a tool or media, and on the other hand, it can become an arena of politics around the world.
This exhibition, titled “Power Struggle”, with the subject of “Self, Power, Politics” is an attempt to demonstrate the viewpoints of contemporary artists about the necessity of changes in society, as well as their interpretation with the aim of clarifying and creating a better world. “Power Struggle” exhibition is an international event, bringing together the artists from Iran, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Morocco and Egypt, to explore their points of view on this issue. This exhibition is in line with the activities of “Factory TT” and “Katharina Maria Raab” gallery in Berlin. “Factory TT” aims to provide context of historical needs and development of art on the basis of communicating and conversation with the society for the independent community of artists. “Factory TT” intends to raise and review the issues such as critique, inquiry and analysis of the social, economic, and political topics of today’s Iran. “Factory TT” is a platform for thoughtful artists and audiences.
“Katharina Maria Raab” gallery also tries in the same way to give a wider look to Europe’s neighbours, outside of the defined economic frameworks in Europe, in cooperation with the artists especially from the Middle East and North Africa.
Zuker starts developing a new project, Arab Artists, an active, art-focused search engine supporting Arab visual artists. It’s main goal is to connect visual artists between Euro-Arab worlds.
What We See is More Than We May Think
Date and Time TBA
Photography workshop hosted by Ahmed Kamel. The workshop will lead participants through the making of photographs of everyday places, exploring various lighting techniques and basic photo equipment. Participants will gain an increased awareness of their environment, and be encouraged to have a closer look at their surroundings.