the closest i’ve ever come to a scientific experiment
DescriptionThis exhibition is a culmination of a two-week visit/residency I did at Doha's Mathaf Museum Project Space. I was invited to use the museum's Project Space to develop an exhibition within the given time of one week.
To understand my mindset entering into this residency, I think it's best to include the statement I wrote for it here:
“This is the closest I’ve ever come to a scientific experiment, whereby I am both the experimenter and the subject. As an experimenter I want to create real-life moments that mirror my drawings. These drawings are part of a world where nothing is impossible and the extraordinary is quite ordinary. A world where a scenario seems commonplace at first glance but subtly transforms into a sordid tale. In this box there’s a story that will change over the next few weeks. As a subject of this experiment, I am a specimen who is extracted from her everyday life and placed in a room. This room is void of motherly duties, everyday chores and quotidian detail. It allows for exploration, normally hindered by daily distractions such as a trip to the supermarket or visiting a sick relative. It’s a total abdication of responsibility as a member of society. For a moment, I will merely be a girl in a box.”
The exhibition was curated by Ala Younis whose curatorial projects include 'National Works' for the 2013 Venice Biennale, Kuwait's first national pavilion. She is also the curator of the ongoing 'Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence'.
Photo CreditWaqas Farid, courtesy of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
When: April to June 2014 Where: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art's Project Space, Doha, Qatar