Youmna Chlala: Days of Being Wild



Apr 20, 2013
Spring Exhibition Opening
Apr 20, 2013–Jun 29, 2013
Youmna Chlala: Days of Being Wild

Youmna Chlala: Days of Being Wild

Curated by Jonathan Rider

Art in General is pleased to present Youmna Chlala’s Days of Being Wild, on view in Art in General’s Musée Miniscule running from April 20 – June 29, 2013.

For her Musée Miniscule project, Youmna Chlala presents a new video, Days of Being Wild, filmed on location in Cairo, Egypt. The video documents a walled balcony where two small children play soccer, illuminating the vertical mosaic of city life. Though universal in subject matter, Chlala’s video lovingly documents modern Cairo, where life and leisure, occur above the city, behind walls, blurring public and private space.

The intimate size of the Days of Being Wild mirrors Chlala’s original vantage point. The compact nature of the Musée further highlights Chlala’s voyeurism, compounding how an audience witnesses, and is complicit, in an innocent private act.

Youmna Chlala is an artist and writer born in Beirut and based in New York. Her work investigates the relationship between fate and architecture. She has exhibited and performed in the US, Middle East, Canada and Europe at institutions such as Camera Austria, Graz; the San Jose Museum of Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA; and Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo. She has participated in Performa 11, NY; the International Roaming Biennial of Tehran (Berlin and Istanbul); and has read her fiction as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Chlala has received residencies and fellowships at Headlands Center for the Arts, CA; CAMAC: Center for Art and Technology, France; Fine Arts Work Center, MA; AIWA, Lebanon; Makan House, Jordan; Goethe-Institut and European Cultural Fund. She is the Founding Editor of the Eleven Eleven Journal of Literature and Art.

All images courtesy the artist and Art in General.

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