Artist / Agent Conversations at dOCUMENTA (13)

May 29, 2012 - filed under Announcements,Upcoming Events   

Artist / Agent Conversations at dOCUMENTA (13)

Kassel, Germany

Mariam Ghani, still from A Brief History of Collapses, 2011-12.

For 100 days, over 150 artists from 55 countries, and other participants from around the world, will gather and present artworks of all mediums, curatorial projects, as well as other objects and experiments in the fields of art, politics, literature, philosophy, and science.

Please join dOCUMENTA (13) Agent and Independent Curator, Leeza Ahmady as she speaks with participating artists about their commissions, and projects during opening days of the exhibition.

As part of the Maybe Education and Public Programs, a program of talks between agents and artists will be taking place during the opening week, June 6-10th, 2012.  These talks are intended to activate the exhibition spaces of dOCUMENTA (13) and open dialogues with the many participants of the project and its diverse audiences.   Scheduled every hour, on a small mobile stage in the proximity of the artistic project.

Thursday, June 7th @ 4 PM: Barmak Akram

Afghan artist and filmmaker Barmak Akram will discuss his installation consisting of the presentation of a selection of his “phyto-morphic” cuttings from popular press, accompanied by a new video installation shot mid-way between Kabul and Bamiyan. (Karlsaue Park)

Friday, June 8th @ 2:30 PM: Sopheap Pich

Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich creates biomorphic sculptures and installations that address issues of time, memory, and the body, often relating to his childhood memories of life during the Khmer Rouge period. Pich and Ahmady will discuss his new “Relief” paintings, a series of rattan and bamboo works that recall his original training as a painter.   (Fridericianum)

Friday, June 8th @ 7 PM: Masood Kamandy

Masood Kamandy will talk about his project Superpositional.  The installation, which takes its title from particle physics, explores the collapsing of time and space through the photographic process. (Oberste Gasse 4)

Saturday, June 9th @ 6 PM: Khadim Ali

Khadim Ali creates intense collage-like miniature paintings which convey the complex history of Afghanistan.  Ali and Ahmady will discuss his project “Haunted Lotus,” a four-panel work that incorporates scenes from the Persian epic Shahnameh and classical miniature techniques to allude to the persecution of Hazara people by the Taliban and the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas. (Neue Galerie)

Monday, June 10th @ 1 PM: Mariam Ghani

Mariam Ghani will discuss her latest video installation commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13), which takes as its subjects the ruined Dar-ul Aman Palace in Kabul, and the restored Museum Fridericianum in Kassel.  The two-channel video installation A Brief History of Collapses, traverses the two buildings in parallel courses to explore both similarities and differences in their structures, histories, and myths. (Friericianum)

Also, do not miss viewing work by artists Vyacheslav Akhunov, Amar Kanwar, Wael Shawky, Michael Rackowitz, Rahraw Omarzad, Zalmai, Tejal Shaw, and Bani Abadi at dOCUMENTA (13).

For more information about these conversations and Ahmady’s other dOCUMENTA (13) related projects please contact us at

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