Annabel Daou
I don’t care about your body
Exhibition: September 10 – November 2, 2016
Opening: September 10, 2016

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She was walking backwards.  She was thinking that bodies don’t matter. She was thinking that only bodies matter. She wanted to build a city out of material used to make tents. She was thinking of a city that was now in ruins. She wanted to catalogue everything they did there.

 

She bought paper for the last time from a store that had been around for a hundred years and was closing for good in September. She had been reading about rules of engagement and the regulation of intersecting bodies. She dyed the mending tape red and black before writing on it.

 

She was thinking that there is no way to tell one’s own story, but that you can sometimes tell the story of someone who might have been there. She knew cities were always burning behind her and she knew that, as always, there were consequences to looking back.

 

I don’t care about your body is the third solo exhibition by Annabel Daou at Galerie Tanja Wagner.

 

Annabel Daou’s works occur at the intersections of writing, speech, and non-verbal communication. Her paper/plastic-and-tape-based constructions, sound pieces, and performances explore and map the language of power, intimacy, and self-encounter.

 

Annabel Daou was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She lives and works in New York.

Recent solo exhibitions include: a million times, Albertz Benda, New York (2015); your secret is safe with me, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2014). Recent group exhibitions include: What We Call Love, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2015); Territoire d’Affects, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (2015); Art=Text=Art: Private Languages/Public Systems, UB Anderson Gallery, The University at Buffalo, New York (2014), Marking Language, The Drawing Room, London (2013) Art=Text=Art, The Hafnarfjordur Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland (2013)

Sie ging rückwärts. Sie dachte, Körper zählen nicht. Sie dachte, nur Körper zählen. Sie wollte eine Stadt bauen aus dem Material, aus dem Zelte gemacht werden. Sie dachte an eine Stadt, die jetzt in Ruinen liegt. Sie wollte alles katalogisieren, was sie dort machten.

 

Sie kaufte Papier zum letzten Mal von einem Geschäft, das es 100 Jahre lang gegeben hatte und das im September schließen würde. Sie hatte über Einsatzregeln gelesen und die Vorschriften beim Aufeinandertreffen von Körpern. Sie färbte das Archivklebeband rot und schwarz bevor sie darauf schrieb.

 

Sie dachte, es gibt nicht den einen Weg, die eigene Geschichte zu erzählen, aber dass man manchmal die Geschichte von jemanden erzählen kann, der eventuell da gewesen sein könnte. Sie wusste, dass Städte immer hinter ihr in Brand standen und sie wusste, so wie immer, dass der Blick zurück Konsequenzen nach sich ziehen würde.

 

I don’t care about your body ist die dritte Einzelausstellung von Annabel Daou in der Galerie Tanja Wagner.

 

Annabel Daous Arbeiten entstehen in dem Raum zwischen Schrift, Sprache und nonverbale Kommunikation. Ihre Konstruktionen aus Papier, Plastik oder Klebeband oder Sound oder Performances untersuchen und kartografieren die Macht der Sprache, Intimität und einer Konfrontation mit sich selbst.

 

Annabel Daou wurde in Beirut, Libanon geboren. Sie lebt und arbeitet in New York.

Letzte Einzelausstellungen: a million times, Albertz Benda, New York (2015); your secret is safe with me, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2014). Letzte Gruppenausstellungen: What We Call Love, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2015); Territoire d’Affects, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut (2015); Art=Text=Art: Private Languages/Public Systems, UB Anderson Gallery, The University at Buffalo, New York (2014), Marking Language, The Drawing Room, London (2013) Art=Text=Art, The Hafnarfjordur Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland (2013).

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