ESCAPE – focus on

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Lara Baladi, Alone Together, … In Media Res (In The Midst of Things) 2013

Three channel video installation, 42 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Isabelle Van Den Eynde Gallery, Dubai

The group exhibition ESCAPE by the collective of artists AhAhAh!, conceived on the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach, was highly acclaimed by the visitors, among which many international collectors, gallery owners, and cultural institutions. The exhibition showcased the work of 6 artists, all renowned in their countries and abroad for their use of mixed media.

Kowal+Odermatt Projects wishes to focus on one of the video of the show, presented by Lebanese artist Lara Baladi, who participated in December to the “Miss Dior” exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris.

In “Alone Together, … In Media Res” she examines archetypes in historical processes, taking the recent uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Place as an example to show how individuals in a concerted manner are claiming freedom from oppressively autocratic political regimes. “the video is a narrative that weaves video excerpts together to reflect on many of the questions raised during the Arab uprisings. These revolutions signal the beginning of the unraveling of a major historical period, in the middle of which I, like Alice in wonderland, fell into a hole: YouTube.”