11 October - 17 December 2018
MMAG Foundation, Amman
Curator: Alejandra Labastida
Assistant Curator: Noura Salem
Participants: Caram Kapp, Cristina Lucas, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba, Don Karl, Heba Amin, Jill Magid, Levi Orta, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Núria Güell, Omar Mismar, Pilvi Takala, Razan Mubaideen, Tanja Ostojić, The Yes Men, Voina.
This group show was originally conceived at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century and, with the exception of a few more recent works included afterward, most of the artworks were produced between 2007 and 2014 — the same period that witnessed the 15-M, the Occupy movements and the Arab Spring, a moment when one could more clearly envisage a semblance of change. And although these works coincided with that wave of resistance, and of noise, they respond to another tradition of subversion and follow a different rhythm, a more subtle long-term cadence. As such, even if worldwide economic and political crises have significantly blurred the relations operating within the system and the noise has exponentially increased, making it harder to translate it into information, most of these artists — as well as countless others outside the realm of this project — have since continued with this line of action. But one can sense a different degree of sophistication and complexity demanded of the artist-parasite nowadays. Playing innocent has become a more challenging affair, but it remains a strategic front, one that can perhaps help us navigate until the next wave of hope arises.
Playing Innocent is curated by Alejandra Labastida, Associate Curator at MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contempráneo) Mexico, in collaboration with Noura Salem, Deputy Director of MMAG Foundation.
About MMAG Foundation
Overlooking downtown Amman, the MMAG Foundation brings together artists, curators and educators from Jordan and beyond. MMAG is home to galleries, workshops, studios and residency spaces, as well as the Central Amman Library, and is currently developing a postgraduate arts program.
(From press information. Images courtesy of MMAG Foundation)
8 March - 15 May 2018, MMAG Foundation. Works from the Abu Ghazaleh Collection & invited artists. Curator: Eliel Jones.
Walk along the northern slope, from the MMAG Foundation and Wild Jordan Center to other galleries and historical houses