sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Sing Like the Southerners Do, 2019. Oil and ink on paper, 100 x 70 cm each ( 30 pieces ). Courtesy of Ayyam Gallery, Dubai

SELECTIONS delves into the world of acquisitions, exploring what museums and galleries have been adding to their collections in the past five years as well as featuring images and summaries of works and artists.

ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA
Bio: Kazakhstani, b. 1969
Title: Eternal Bride, 2002
Medium: Film video still, DV video, Single channel,
11 min, 2002
Acquired by: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Artist represented by: Andakulova Gallery, Dubai
Acquired from: Aspan Gallery, Kazakhstan
Acquisition date: 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breathing new life into a friend’s wedding dress, Menlibayeva donned the white gown and veil for “Eternal Bride”, a performance piece that saw her walking through the popular areas of the city of Almaty and encountering locals, each with their own thoughts on the meaning of the highly symbolic bride in their midst.

Copyright: Almagul Menlibayeva
Courtesy of Andakulova Gallery

SADIK KWAISH ALFRAJI
Bio: Iraqi, b.1960
Title: Sing Like the Southerners Do, 2019
Medium: Oil and ink on paper
Size: 100 x 70 cm each ( 30 pieces )
Acquired by: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Artist represented by: Ayyam Gallery, Dubai
Acquisition date: 2020

The theme of exodus is taken up in this drawing installation by Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, which weaves together personal stories, animation, graphic diaries, and a sound drawing installation. Part of an ongoing project, this work sees the artist traces his own story of displacement and that of his family. himself and his family. A soundtrack of traditional Southern Iraqi mawāwīl music evoking themes of life, love, death and dreams accompanies the installation.

Courtesy of Ayyam Gallery
Credit line: Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

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