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Henry Moore Institute

The Object Quality of the Problem

The Object Quality of the Problem

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The ‘problem’ in question is the occupation of space in Palestine/Israel, a problem that this exhibition proposed was strongly sculptural in composition. While the work displayed is two-dimensional – film and photography – the exhibition extended the field to three dimensions by exploring the relationship of ‘new media’ (and indeed of news media) to sculptural practice, and of sculpture to current affairs.

The works in question have a common focus on the ground. They are about the soil, about the landscape – its reality and its symbolism – and about the dirt. They are also about passage; about tracing a line, crossing the line, or enforcing a line. They are all, in their different ways, about the interpretation of space.

This publication contains full details of all the works in the exhibition, by artists Daniel Bauer, Eyal Sivan and Michel Khleifi, Emily Jacir, Lidwien van de Ven, Francis Alys and Yael Bartana. With an introduction by Penelope Curtis (Curator of the Henry Moore Institute), and two additional texts:

Fragmented Spaces: An ongoing enquiry
Conversation between Penelope Curtis and Adania Shibli

The politics of verticality
Eyal Weizman

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