Ala Younis

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Interventions, info and links to selected text and image interventions in publications and public events.

About Culture in Jordan, various cultural initiatives in Jordan present their work in ways that allow visitors to understand and interact with their projects. The idea of this research exhibition was initiated by Raed Ibrahim and Ala Younis, organized in partnership with Jordan’s Ministry of Culture, Amman Greater Municipality, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, and the participating institutions and individuals. Hangar Ras Al-Ain, Amman (10–12.4.2016)

Plan for Greater Baghdad, project produced in two and three dimensional prints, and traces the stories and links around Saddam Hussein Gymnasium in Baghdad that was designed by Le Corbusier. Activated by a set of 35mm slides taken by architect Rifat Chadirji in 1982, the project reproduces documents that relate to monuments, architects, governments, and the shifts and tensions between ideals and ideologies. Currently on view as part of "All the World's Futures" curated by Okwui Enwezor for the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (9.5–22.11.2015)

This land first speaks to you in signs, exhibition of archival materials and some films from the collection of Cimatheque, as part of Revisiting Memory project. At Cimatheque, Cairo (2.6 – 15.7.2015); and at Archival Kabinett, Berlin (22–30.5.2015)

An Index of Tensional and Unintentional Love of Land, exhibition set within "Here and Elsewhere" at the New Museum, New York, juxtaposes images, artworks, photographs and documents of visual culture that undermine stereotypical representations of conflict."Here and Elsewhere" is organized by New Museum's curatorial department led by Massimiliano Gioni, and works against the notion of the Arab world as a homogenous or cohesive entity, through original and individualized practices of a multigenerational selection of artists. > more
5th floor, New Museum, New York City. (16.7–28.9.2014)

Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence, curated nomadic museum collection project. Produced by MinRASY Projects. Collection includes works by: Kamel Abu Yahya, Mohamed Abusal, Ahmed Badry, May Batt, Pieke Bergmans, Bilal Chrif, Neil Conley, Cevdet Erek, Bruno Fantoni, Mohssin Harraki, Raed Ibrahim, Hakim Jamain, Rebecca Joselyn, Halim Karabibene, Basim Magdy, Katharine Morling, Paul Rioblotti, Amer Shomali, Firas Taybeh, Amin Tbakhi, George Vlosich, Uwe Wruck, Khadijeh Yosef, Nabeel Younis, Sofiane Zouggar.
Premiere at the Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait. (22.5–12.7.2012)
Exhibition at Musée public national d'art moderne et contemporain d'Alger (14.12.2013–30.1.2014). Symposium: 15.12.2013, speakers include: Mai Al-Nakib, Kristine Khouri, Khaled Hourani, Jacques Aswad, and Yahya Sweilem.

Kayfa ta, a non-profit Arabic publishing initiative that uses the popular form of how-to manuals (how=kayfa, to=ta) to respond to some of today’s perceived needs, co-founded with Maha Maamoun, publishes its first monograph "Kayfa Takhtafi" (How to Disappear) by Haytham El-Wardany, in Arabic and English editions. English (2000 copies) and Arabic (200) are being distributed in the exhibitions of Meeting Points 7, while 2000 Arabic copies are offered for sale in Cairo (and soon other Arab citieis) bookshops.

The closest i've ever come to a scientific experiment, curated for Mathaf's Project Space, works by Ghadah Alkandari, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. 8.4– 29.6.2014.

Meanwhile...History, the Global Art Forum is an imagined timeline of turning points in history – significant decades, years, days, minutes or seconds that shifted an understanding of the world. Some seem familiar. Others are broadcast from history’s blind spots. These coordinates come from the past, are present in our present and reach into the future. 'Meanwhile…History' also reflects on the philosophy and fiction of making history matter. Every commission, publication, session and presentation is a point on this imagined timeline. As a whole, the Forum becomes a journey through known and unknown histories, of critical change and secretly seismic moments. The eighth edition of the Global Art Forum is co-directed by curator-translator Omar Berrada of Dar al-Ma'mun; artist Ala Younis and is commissioned by writer/curator Shumon Basar. Doha: 15-16.3.2014, Dubai: 19–21.3.2014.

National Works, Kuwait’s first Pavilion at the 55. International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. Under the general theme of “The Encyclopedic Palace”, proposed by Massimiliano Gioni director of this edition, the exhibition National Works explores two major works by sculptor Sami Mohammad (b. 1943) along with a new photographic project by Tarek Al Ghoussein (b. 1962). The exhibition project disassembles symbols of grandeur in paused/post glorious times, in an attempt to re-interpret Kuwait’s modernization project.
Commissioner: National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Kuwait.
Palazzo Michiel, 4391/A Strada Nova, Cannaregio, Venezia (1.6–24.11.2013)
Opening reception 30.5.2013 at 6pm

Trust the filmmakers, or trust those who you trust and they trust the filmmakers,text and visual notes on and from films from the Arsenal archive, and issues we relate to or stop at while researching. An evening of parts of films from a publication project which treats the films themselves as protagnists, moving across geographies and times. An objective attempt to write on a subjective exploration of an archive. The publication will be produced in Cairo as a "Cahier de la Cimatheque". (22.6.2013, @7pm, Kino Arsenal). Excerpts are presented in the Living Archive exhibition at KW, Berlin. (6–23.6.2013)

Covering One's Back, photography exhibition, talks and portfolio reviews, co-curated with Maha Maamoun. Artists: Atfal Ahdath, Yasser Alwan, Goerge Awde, Goran Galic & Gian-Reto Gredig, Raphael Hefti, Hassan Khan, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Heini Stucki. Reviewers: Yasser Alwan, George Awde, Helene Joye-Cagnard, David Degner, Randa Shaath. Organized by Pro Helvetia Cairo at Gezira Art Center, Cairo, (7–23.5.2013)

Experiment is a simulation on settings, poem presented in the wrap up session of Think:Film, Third International Experimental Media Congress, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin. Organized by Arsenal and the Film Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts, 10–14.10.2012.

Too Early Too Late (Trop tôt, trop tard // Zu früh, zu spät), by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, France/Egypt 1980. At Arsenal Cinema, hosted by Ala Younis and Tobias Hering, in the framework of the "Living Archive" project. (1.7.2012 @ 4pm)

Arab Shorts programs at Arsenal Cinema 2,3,4.7.2012 more info

The Crowd Behind Us exhibition and video program curated for Image Festival 2, organized by Insitut Français, Amman. Artists: Jonathas de Andrade, Vartan Avakian, Neil Beloufa, Mohammadreza Farzad, Ahmad Ghossein, Maha Maamoun, Firas Taybeh, Charlotte Moth, Marie Voignier, as well as photographs from the collection of the Arab Image Foundation. (11–25.3.2012)

A Manual for Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Times, text for ArtAsiaPacific, The Point, March/April 2012

Momentarily Learning from Mega-Events exhibition project curated for Makan, Amman. Artists: Banu Cennetoglu, Mohssin Harraki, Maha Maamoun, Evariste Richer, Oraib Toukan, and General Idea. (4.12.2011–4.1.2012)

Metro in Gaza, exhibition by Mohamad Abusal, French Culutral Center, Gaza. (12.12.2011–12.1.2012)

On Eric Rohmer's "Nadja in Paris" (1964), for Reflecting on Residencies, ArteEast Quarterly, guest edited by Aaron Cezar, 1.1.2012. (PDF 45k)

Everything is alright, Officer! film program curated for Independent Arab Film - Arab Shorts 3, Goethe Institut, Cairo (29.10.2011).
Filmmakers: Maher Abi Samra, Neil Beloufa, Mohssin Harraki, Mohammed Hawajri, Kasem Kharsa, Maha Maamoun, Rabih Mroue, and Firas Taybeh.

Outre mesure et programmes radio (Maps, timelines, radio programmes) , exhibition curated for La Galerie, Noisy Le Sec, Paris (28.5–23.7.2011)
Artists: Tarek Atoui, Cevdet Erek, Mohssin Harraki, Maha Maamoun, Ossama Mohammed, Otobong Nkanga, and Hassan Soliman.

Dessin flèche vers la droite, group exhibition of student work, L’École supérieure des beaux-arts de Tours (13.5–20.5.2011). Artists: Slim Cheltout, Aude Coulaud, Perrine Delorme-Rivory, Laurent Galy, Manon Quétard, Marine Cerf Cinq, Aude Jacquet, Carole Juingne, Adrien Piard, and Flore Warck.

Out of Place, exhibition co-curated with Kasia Redzisz, in dialogue with Tanya Barson, for the Tate Modern and Darat al Funun collaboration project. At the Level 2 Gallery at Tate Modern, London (10.2 - 17.4.2011), and at Darat al Funun, Amman (7.6 - 29.9.2011) Artists: Cevdet Erek, Ion Grigorescu, Hrair Sarkissian, and Ahlam Shibli.

To Know the Arab Terrain: movements to, from and within, curated film program for the Independent Arab Film - Arab Shorts 2, Goethe Institut, Cairo (4.12.2010), and also screened at transmediale 11, Berlin (3.2.2011).
Filmmakers: Adel Abidin, Jananne Al Ani, Ziad Antar, Mohssin Harraki, Fadma Kaddouri, Ossama Mohammed, Wael Shawky, and Mufid Younis.

My Beloved Homeland, Jordanian film program curated for Independent Arab Film - Arab Shorts, Goethe Institut, Cairo, 2009
Filmmakers: Mohammad Alloh, Eyad Hamam, Abdallah Kawash, Sandra Madi, Firas Taybeh, and Oraib Toukan.


Tin Soldiers
Publication project. Text and image portraits of contemporary Middle Eastern soldiers, and the virtual and alternative spaces where they practice militarism. A research-based collaborative project attempts to redeem psychological, social, and interpretational military upbringing.

Needles to Rockets
Developed in collaboration with Motaz Attalla, editor of the PhotoCairo4: The Long Shortcut Publishing House Project and was published as a limited edition in April 2009.

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