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Kunstverein in Hamburg - Sarah Abu Abdallah: For the First Time in a Long Time

August 9, 2019 - e-flux announcements

Sarah Abu Abdallah: For the Fist Time in a Long Time
Sarah Abu Abdallah (*1990 in Qatif, Saudi Arabia) works with video, painting, text and installation. Her visual worlds are influenced by ever-changing surroundings between her travels and her home in Saudi, the visual data streams of the Internet, and the pop culture in the Gulf area among others. Her works are conducted by a search for a self and a sense of belonging. How does both manifest themselves in public and private space, especially through different framework conditions? Fragmentarily combined text and image material in this investigation refers to the transience of memories and to moments of anxiety in an ever faster spinning world. Abu Abdallah's works are full of poetry. Recurring motifs are moments of disappearance and destruction as well as questions of gender-specific coding and restrictions in the domestic and public spheres - also against the background of her role as a female artist in Saudi society. A central aspect in all her works is the metaphor of untamed nature versus nature restrained by man.


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