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Indicated by Signs

Art from Egypt, Germany, Lebanon, Morocco. Bonner Kunstverein, Germany, until 4 Oct. 2009.
Aug 2009

Indicated by Signs is an international project of curators from Egypt, Germany, Lebanon and Morocco. It presents an artistic approach to the notion of cultural, political and social forms of "appearance".

For the first time in the course of the project, the Bonner Kunstverein combines all participating artists who have previously exhibited in Beirut, Cairo and Fez/Rabat. The underlying connection between the artworks is their common point of departure: the artistic depiction of individual forms of appearances. Investigating how the categories of class, ethnicity, sexuality and cultural background influence the appearance of individuals, the exhibition also reflects upon how such categories are negotiated within different cultural contexts.

Indicated by Signs is based on a variety of different curatorial approaches, which are intertwined by a dynamic dialogue between the curators and the cultural contexts they work from.
The interaction of the diverse artistic positions forms an agglomeration of questions, addressing the relationship between bodily appearance and the individual’s position within society.
Next to its exhibition series, Indicated by Signs is accompanied by artist talks, workshops and a publication. The project was initiated and supported by the Goethe Institutes of Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon.

Participating artists in Bonn:

Doa Aly
Tarek Atoui
Yto Barrada
Matti Braun
Sherif El-Azma
Mahmoud Khaled
LIGNA (Ole Frahm, Michael Hueners, Torsten Michaelsen)
Katrin Mayer & Sylvi Kretzschmar
Henrik Olesen
Jalal Toufic
Akram Zaatari
Events in other cities:

Exhibition & presentation in Cairo:
CIC Contemporary Image Collective
22 March - 26 April 2009 with Kinda Hassan, Henrik Olesen, Jalal Toufic
Workshop & exhibition in Fez / Rabat:
L’appartement 22
1 April - July 2009 with Yto Barrada, Matti Braun, Katrin Mayer & Sylvi Kretzschmar
Performance & artist talks in Beirut:
Beirut Art Center
23 Sept. - 5 Oct. 2009 with Mahmoud Khaled, LIGNA and Jalal Toufic
Further information on the exhibition series:

(Summarized from the press release of the organizer)

Indicated by Signs:
Appearance in Beirut, Bonn, Cairo and Fez/Rabat

21 July - 4 Oct. 2009

Bonner Kunstverein

Hochstadenring 22
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