Opening Thursday, 20. Oktober 2005, at 19 Uhr
Pressconference Thursday, 20. Oktober 2005, at 11 Uhr
Duration of the exhibition 21. Oktober 2005 – 22. Januar 2006
Opening hours Tuesday - Sunday
14 – 19 Uhr
In the series of "Islamic Worlds" the ifa galleries Berlin and Stuttgart present the exhibition "Zeitspruenge, Raumfolgen" (english: "Layers of Time and Space"), developed in collaboration with the Austrian curator Simone Wille. It will show artists from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Some of the artists live in South Asia, others in Europe or America. Their common goal in their artistic work is to tackle the changes in their respective social realities in various ways.
The experience of simultaneity and the suspension of distance, the colliding of far and close in times of globalisation not only defines live in the western world but challenges the lifestyle in countries with colonial experience fundamentally.
The exhibition will not be primarily concerned with emphasising the differences, which are a consequence of differing living conditions and experiences, but with demonstrating that the art of this young generation shows a new kind of intercultural understanding.
The invited artists have crossed political, cultural and religious borders within their own society as well as beyond it, some of them have broken taboos in order to develop their individual strategies and artistic means of expression viable for a life between tradition, conventions and an international idiom. Since the young generation of artists from the 1980s and 1990s had not been directly confronted with the personal experience of colonialism, the search for a national and cultural identity is less problematic for them as it proofed to be for the older generation. Many younger artists from Pakistan, India or Bangladesh orient themselves by the international art scene as a matter of course, coping with a language of form or contents that are being discussed worldwide. However, they bring these global questions in relation to their own, rich and newly discovered culture. This culture as well as questions of religious and ethnical identity are being spotlighted critically.
The works of Hamra Abbas (Lahore, Berlin), Sarnath Banerjee (New Delhi), Naiza Khan (Karachi), Bharti Kher (New Delhi), Shahzia Sikander (New York), and Farhana Syeda (Dhaka and Khulna), are able to express the multiplicity, the complexity and the problems that result from the confrontation of Eastern and Western forms, contents, and values.