For example, in the 2010 video 30 Days of Running in Place, Ahmed Basiony exercises in a makeshift spacesuit with sensors that convert his movements and physiology into designs on a screen behind him. It might be the psychological state of the artist translated into a dull graph. But the video is intercut with footage he shot of the Tahrir Square protests that would overturn the Egyptian government. At one such protest, on January 28, 2011, he was killed, apparently by sniper fire. Basiony puts us in the middle of the crowds shouting (in Arabic, subtitled), "People want to remove the regime!" The raw footage crackles with the visceral, subversive thrill of lots of fed up people gathering to speak ill of powerful guys backed by guns.

Read Greg Cook's blog at gregcookland.com/journal.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Museum And Gallery , School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College's Davis Museum, reviews,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY GREG COOK
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   DOODLES, LIGHTS, AND DREAMS  |  July 16, 2014
    Gibson Prouty has found a muse — classic yellow pencils with pink erasers on the end.
  •   SEEING ANEW  |  July 09, 2014
    The aim of the RISD Museum’s eight newly renovated galleries for its permanent collection of fashion and Egyptian and Asian art seems to be “quiet contemplation.”
  •   BRIGHTNESS AND DARKNESS  |  June 25, 2014
    Constellations of mirror ball clouds dangle from the ceiling on pink cords at the center of the room and slowly rotate and sparkle. You’re invited to peer though weird, lumpy crystal-telescope-things.
  •   FIGHTING THE POWER  |  June 18, 2014
    It was around 1983 when Providence artist James Montford and a friend posed as photographers to check out the Ku Klux Klan rally in Norwalk, Connecticut.
  •   'VERY PROVIDENCEY'  |  June 11, 2014
    “World building” is an idea that percolates — perhaps unconsciously — through the visionary end of the Providence art scene.

 See all articles by: GREG COOK