‘Forecasting’ at Dallas Art Fair

During the Dallas Art Week 2017, AURORA was proud to present it’s first collaboration with the Dallas Art Fair on April 7, 8 and 9, as a precursor to the upcoming AURORA 2017 event this Fall. The selection of video artworks by Dallas Art Fair gallery artists was curated by AURORA 2017 co-curator Justine Ludwig (Director of Exhibitions/ Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary).

Shezad Dawood: ‘Towards the Possible’, film still, 2014, Courtesy of Jane Lombard Gallery and the Artist

Artists featured in Forecasting include: Shezad Dawood (Jane Lombard Gallery), Larissa Sansour (Lawrie Shabibi), Ben Rivers (Kate MacGarry), Amelie Bouvier (Harlan Levey Projects)

Forecasting was screened in Beck Imaginarium (FIG, 5th floor) on the following dates:
Fri., April 7: 12-1pm
Sat, April 8th: 12-1pm
Sun., April 9: Screening and Q&A with AURORA 2017 co-curator Justine Ludwig; 12-1:30pm

Foreshadowing the AURORA 2017 theme, Forecasting presented artists’ visions of the future. Exploring subjects such as national identity, the environment, and body politics, the series offers diverse interpretations of what is to come.

The screening was presented during the public days of the Dallas Art Fair as part of their overall programming, offering art fair patrons a unique opportunity to experience these artworks in a focused and more intimate environment. A Q&A with Justine Ludwig will take place directly after the screening on Sunday, April 9. Forecasting was produced by Berlin Art Link Productions.

Along with Justine Ludwig, AURORA 2017 will be curated by Berlin-based Nadim Samman and New York-based Dooeun Choi. Further details regarding AURORA 2017 artists, installations and programming dates are coming soon!


Justine Ludwig

Justine Ludwig is the Director of Exhibitions/ Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary. Her professional experience consists of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Rose Art Museum, the Colby College Museum of Art, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Bernard Toale Gallery, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Her recently curated exhibitions include Illuminated Geographies: Pakistani Miniaturist Practice in the Wake of the Global Turn, Patti Smith: The Coral Sea, The Living Room, and Joey Versoza: Is This It. In 2008 Ludwig spent three months in Mumbai, India immersed in the local contemporary arts community which resulted in the exhibition Shilpa Gupta: A Bit Closer.

Her research interests include memory, architecture, cross-cultural translation, and the aesthetics of globalization. Ludwig has an MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths University of London and a BA in Art with a concentration in Art History from Colby College.


Amelie Bouvier – ‘But Keep Your Feet’, video still

Amelia Bouvier

But Keep Your Feet On The Ground #1 (2014)
3.04 min, HD Video

But Keep Your Feet On The Ground is a series of 2 to 4 minute videos, each of which shows a known planet (or orbit of a planet) transformed into an object and awkwardly manipulated by human hands. Each scenario is directly inspired by the history, composition and popular speculative anecdotes that were spread at the time the planets were discovered. This is the first video in the series.

Amelie Bouvier (1982, France) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Her practice begins with the utilization of archival images and diagrams from various sources, such as scientific and military archives, Google and science-fiction material, exploring lines between real and imagined perceptions. Her laborious drawings transform images and specific details of events in order to provide new perspectives on the identity and agency of place, time and epistemological building blocks. In addition to her personal work, Amelie is an active member in the project “Not Enough Room for Space.” Her work has been included in the 16th Biennale de Cerveira and in the 6th Biennale de São Tomé e Principe. She was selected for the Iselp prize “Hors d’Oeuvre” in Brussels and was named the best emerging artist at Just Mad in Madrid, as well as a finalist for the CIC’Art Prize. Amelie Bouvier is represented by Dallas Art Fair participating gallery, Harlan Levey Projects.

Ben Rivers – ‘Urth’, (2016), video still

Ben Rivers

Urth (2016)
19 mins, 16mm / colour / sound

Will the earth still keep her place among the planets; will she still journey with unmarked regularity round the sun; will the seasons change, the trees adorn themselves with leaves, and flowers shed their fragrance, in solitude?”

Ben Rivers’s most recent film, Urth – commissioned by the Renaissance Society for his exhibition of the same name – opens with a passage from Mary Shelley’s 1826 novel The Last Man, the first major fictional account of the destruction of humankind. Filmed on location in Arizona’s Biosphere 2, Urth imagines a scientist living alone inside an experimental ecosystem after the world outside is ruined. A voice-over written by author Mark von Schlegell traces the anonymous figure as she records her final days and hours
in the sealed environment.

Ben Rivers (1972) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Islands at Hamburg Kunstverein (2016), Earth Needs More Magicians at Camden Arts Centre, London (2015) and The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers at The Whitworth, Manchester (2016) and Television Centre, White City, London (2015). Ben Rivers is represented by Dallas Art Fair participating gallery, Kate MacGarry.

Larissa Sansour – ‘Nation Estate’, (2012), video still, courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist

Larissa Sansour

Nation Estate (2012)
9:02, Digital Film

Nation Estate is a sci-f short film offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. With its glossy mixture of computer generated imagery, live actors and an arabesque electronica soundtrack, the film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life.

Larissa Sansour (b. Jerusalem) produces work that is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and borrowing heavily from the language of film and pop culture. By using video, photography, experimental documentary and other new media she approximates the nature, reality and complexity of life in Palestine and the Middle East to visual forms normally associated with entertainment and televised pastime.

Her works are part of notable collections including the Wolverhampton Gallery, UK; the Imperial War Museum, UK; Louis Vuitton Collection, France, the Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; N.B.K., Germany; Nadour, Germany; Salsali Private Museum, UAE and the Barjeel Foundation, UAE. Sansour currently lives and works in London, and is represented by Dallas Art Fair participating gallery Lawrie Shabibi Gallery.

Shezad Dawood

Shezad Dawood

Towards the Possible Film (2014)
1:30, Digital film

Towards the Possible Film was shot on location in Sidi Ifni, Morocco, and explores anthropological concepts of indigenousness through the genre of science fiction. A study in parallel universes – and the sparks that fly when worlds collide –  it is as much of a projection into a far-off future as a flashback to a long-forgotten past. Two blue-skinned astronauts materialize on a red-rocked shoreline. Feeling their way into this strange new landscape, they are confronted by the glare of local inhabitants, who jump in a red mist of rage at the spectre of these mysterious arrivals.

Shezad Dawood (b. London, 1974) works across film, painting, and sculpture to juxtapose discrete systems of image, language, site, and multiple narratives, using the editing process as a method to explore meanings and forms. His practice often involves collaboration, working with groups and individuals across different territories to physically and conceptually map far-reaching lines of inquiry. These networks chart across geographic locations and communities and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and re-staging. Shezad Dawood is represented by Dallas Art Fair participating gallery, Jane Lombard Gallery.

About the Dallas Art Fair

Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery – adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown Arts District – the 2017 Dallas Art Fair will feature prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists. For more information about the fair, click here.