Annabel Daou
if you only knew
Exhibition: November 23, 2018 – February 1, 2019
Opening: November 23, 2018

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Galerie Tanja Wagner is pleased to present the fourth solo exhibition by Annabel Daou.

 

I never liked mosaics. I never saw what people saw in them. Then spending those six weeks in the museum I started photographing little parts of the mosaics scattered through the museum and something kind of shifted and I became completely taken by them. They began to offer me infinite possibilities. That’s how I feel now—a sense of endlessness… – Annabel Daou

 

In November of 2017, Annabel Daou spent several weeks at the National Museum of Beirut creating an artwork in the form of an audio guide featuring the voices of the people of Beirut. She invited people from all walks of life into the museum to view the collection and respond to a series of questions. The questions Daou posed didn’t reference art history or archeology but instead allowed for the objects to exist within the everyday lives of the respondents. Those voices can now be heard in the National Museum of Beirut, where the audio guide that Daou created is available to visitors.

 

Daou’s new exhibition at Galerie Tanja Wagner includes a video made in conjunction with the museum audio guide. It also features a series of mosaics that developed from Daou’s experiences interacting with the museum, its objects, and the people who took part in the project. Like the audio guide, these works deal with open-ended questions, and invite an infinite array of possible answers. They are created entirely out of three basic materials: paper, gesso, and graphite. This constraint references the limitations of actual stone mosaics. Yet far from being “set in stone,” the fragmented surfaces of these works feel as though they might, at any moment, come apart or reassemble into new configurations. Like the Beirut audio guide project, the mosaics allude to both the past and the present moment. They contain language dealing with yearnings and anxieties both personal and political.

 

Although there is a sense of urgency to this language, the intricate materiality of the work solicits meditative responses. Taken together, Daou’s mosaics provide a space for reflection not only on pressing current affairs but on the questions that have pursued us throughout history.

 

 

Annabel Daou was born and raised in Beirut and lives and works in NYC.

 

Recent solo exhibitions and projects include: Chou Hayda? an audio guide project, The Beirut Museum of Art, Beirut (2018); life itself, Conduit Gallery, Dallas (2018); I don’t care about your body, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2016); a million times, Albertz Benda, New York (2015); your secret is safe with me, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2014).
Upcoming and recent group exhibitions include: The Naked Truth. A European history, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede (2019); The Queens English: Who owns it?, City Lore, New York (2018); signs and symbols: artists & allies, signs and symbols, New York (2018); Fünfter Akt, Trabanten, Düsseldorf (2017); Walk the Distance and Slow Down, Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado (2017); LEARNING FROM BIG MISTAKES, Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York (2017); Acts of Sedition, WhiteBox, New York (2016); Stages of Trust, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (2016); The Big Other, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2016); White Cube…Literally. On Form and convention of display, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai (2016); What We Call Love, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; 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); Discussing Metamodernism, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2012).

 

Fortune, her ongoing silent fortune-telling project, has taken place in numerous art and non-art contexts including MoMA PS1, Leila Heller Gallery, Showroom in the Orchard Street and Whitebox in New York and the Global Art Forum in Dubai.

Galerie Tanja Wagner freut sich, die vierte Einzelausstellung von Annabel Daou zu zeigen.

 

Mosaike mochte ich nie. Ich habe nie gesehen, was andere Menschen darin sahen. Aber als ich diese sechs Wochen im Museum verbrachte, fing ich an kleine Teile der Mosaike zu fotografieren, die überall im Museum zu finden waren. Etwas veränderte sich in mir und ich wurde völlig von den Mosaiken ergriffen. Sie haben mir auf einmal unendliche Möglichkeiten geboten. Das ist es, was ich jetzt fühle – ein Gefühl von Unendlichkeit… – Annabel Daou

 

Im November 2017 verbrachte Annabel Daou mehrere Wochen im National Museum of Beirut, um sich ihrer neuen Arbeit in Form eines Audioguides zu widmen. Hierzu lud Annabel Daou Passanten in das Museum ein, um sich die Ausstellung anzuschauen und hinterher einige Fragen von der Künstlerin zu beantworten. Diese bezogen sich nicht auf Kunstgeschichte oder Archäologie. Vielmehr versuchte Daou die Ausstellungsobjekte durch ihre Fragen mit dem alltäglichen Leben der Befragten in Verbindung zu bringen. Die Stimmen dieser Menschen sind für die Besucherinnen und Besucher nun auf dem Audio Guide des National Museum of Beirut zu hören.

 

Annabel Daous Einzelausstellung in der Galerie Tanja Wagner zeigt ein Video, das die Künstlerin aus der Arbeit für den Audioguide entwickelte. Außerdem präsentiert die Ausstellung eine Serie von Mosaiken. Darin verarbeitet die Künstlerin ihre Erfahrungen aus dem Dialog mit dem Museum, den dort ausgestellten Kunstobjekten und den Menschen, die am Projekt beteiligt waren. Ebenso wie der Audioguide setzen sich die neuen Arbeiten mit offenen Fragen auseinander, und bieten damit dem Betrachter ein unendliches Spektrum für denkbare Antworten an. Sie erzählen von persönlichen sowie politischen Sehnsüchten und Ängsten. Daou beschränkte sich bei ihren Mosaiken auf die Materialien Papier, Graphit und Gesso. Diese Limitierung bezieht sich auf die Grenzen, die der Gestaltung von klassischen Steinmosaiken gesetzt sind. Doch anders als bei fertigen Mosaiken aus Stein scheint es, als könnten ihre Mosaike jeden Moment auseinander fallen oder sich neu formieren. Wie der Audioguide spielen die Mosaike auf beides an: die Vergangenheit und den gegenwärtigen Moment.

 

Obwohl die verhandelten Themen den Arbeiten eine gewisse Dringlichkeit verleihen, regt die Komplexität der Mosaike zum Nachdenken an und lässt durchaus meditative Antworten zu. Insgesamt bieten Daous Mosaike sich nicht nur für die Reflexion aktueller Themen an, sondern gleichzeitig auch für Fragen universeller Art, die sich durch die Geschichte der Menschheit ziehen.

 

 

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

 

Letzte Einzelausstellungen und Projekte: Chou Hayda? – Projekt mit einem Audioguide, The Beirut Museum of Art, Beirut (2018); life itself, Conduit Gallery, Dallas (2018); Fortune, Leila Heller Gallery, New York (2017); I don’t care about your body, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2016); a million times, Albertz Benda, New York (2015); your secret is safe with me, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2014).
Kommende und vergangene Gruppenausstellungen: The Naked Truth. A European history, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede (2019); The Queens English: Who owns it?, City Lore, New York (2018); signs and symbols: artists & allies, signs and symbols, New York (2018); Fünfter Akt, Trabanten, Düsseldorf (2017); Walk the Distance and Slow Down, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado (2017); LEARNING FROM BIG MISTAKES, Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York (2017); Acts of Sedition, WhiteBox, New York (2016); Stages of Trust, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (2016); The Big Other, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (2016); 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, Island (2013).

 

Fortune, ihr fortlaufendes fortune-telling Projekt, hat bisher in mehreren Kontexten stattgefunden, so wie: MoMA PS1, Leila Heller Gallery, Showroom in the Orchard Street, Whitebox in New York und im Global Art Forum Dubai.

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