European news outlets often present an image of Islam characterised by terror, religious fundamentalism and antiquated thinking. It would seem that Islam and enlightenment are diametrically opposed. This exhibition in Leipzig questions this oversimplified and unhistorical presumption. The exhibition investigates aspects of Islam and its relationship to the Enlightenment and explores points of convergence between the Orient and Occident through the medium of art. The project organisers wish to highlight the significance of Islam’s rich heritage for contemporary art: How do artists relate to the classical forms of Islamic art? What role does Islam’s prohibition against images play? How is spirituality connected to current aesthetic and social issues? For the exhibition on “Forgotten Enlightenments”, Halle 14 in Leipzig has teamed up with curators from Egypt and Turkey and is working closely with the independent Cairo-based project “Out of the Circle” which serves as a network for young, up and coming artists from the Middle East and northern Africa. Together, the curators will present a broad spectrum of artistic positions comprising a wide range of formats, e.g. painting, photography, installations, performances, sound art, media art and digital media.
Curators: Michael Arzt, Elham Khattab (EQ)
Artists: Adel Abidin (IQ), Azadeh Akhlaghi (IR), Emrah Gökdemir (TR), Manaf Halbouni (SY/DE), Zarah Hussain (UK), Soukaina Joual (MA), Yara Mekawei (EG), Mehreen Murtaza (PK), Erkan Özgen (TR), Anahita Razmi, Haythem Zakaria (TN) and others
Opening with numerous events staged during the tour of the SpinnereiGalerien: 27 & 28 Apr. 2018;
Museum night performance in Halle/Leipzig, HALLE 14: 11 May 2019