International 2011 Archives
I decided not to save the world
Tate Modern, London (UK).
Tate Modern's Level 2 Gallery presents I decided not to save the world, an exhibition that has arisen from a collaboration between Tate Modern and SALT, Istanbul. Featuring the work of four artists, the exhibition explores how they address social concerns through a light-
The work of these artists is united by the combination of critical social commentary and a humorous use of irony, satire and the absurd. The exhibition takes its name from Mircea Cantor's 2011 video, in which a single take of a child stating the words "I decided not to save the world" is repeated on a continuous loop. Revealing the complexity that underlies the simplest of statements, the work is typical of the way Cantor responds to contemporary concerns using simple and direct gestures. Vertical Attempt 2009, a one-
Also on display will be Yto Barrada's sculpture Palm Sign 2010, her tongue in cheek poster installation A Modest Proposal and the film Beau Geste 2009, which examine Morocco's rapid modernisation by playfully addressing the marketing campaigns used to promote a 'contemporary' image of the city to tourists. The autobiographical video Rawane's Song 2006 is Mounira Al Solh's witty take on her own struggle to create art about the Lebanese wars, while the text-
Yto Barrada was born in Paris in 1971, and now lives and works in Tangier, Morocco. Mounira Al Solh was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1978, where she continues to live and work. Mircea Cantor was born in Oradea, Romania in 1977, and now lives and works in Paris, France. Slavs and Tatars are a collective of polemics and intimacies devoted to Eurasia.
I decided not to save the world is the latest in the Level 2 Gallery's series of international bilateral collaborations with other art organisations around the world. The exhibition is curated by Kyla McDonald, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern and Duygu Demir, Programmer, SALT. As part of the collaborative exchanges, Gasworks hosted Duygu Demir for a talk and discussion on her role at SALT Programs and Research in August 2011.
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