Maryam Jafri___Roads to Serfdom, Repaved

An Exhibition at TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol
 Maryam Jafri Mariam Jafri vs. Maryam Jafri  (2019) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Product Recall: An Index of Innovation  (2014-2015) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Product Recall: An Index of Innovation (Jello) (2014-2015) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Product Recall: An Index of Innovation (Ayds) , (2014-2015) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Product Recall: An Index of Innovation (Pepsi Baby Bottle) (2014-2015) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Product Recall: An Index of Innovation (Fact) (2014-2015) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri American Buddhist  (2016) Courtesy die Künstlerin und Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Independence Day 1934-1975 (detail, 2009-ongoing) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Where We're At  (2017) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser 
 Maryam Jafri Where We're At  (detail, 2017) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser 
 Maryam Jafri Wellness-Postindustrial Complex (2017) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Wellness-Postindustrial Complex (Anxiety) (2017) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Wellness-Postindustrial Complex (Self-care) (2017) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser
 Maryam Jafri Model 500 (Detail)  (2019) Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica; Photo: Günter Kresser;  Commissioned by TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol for “Maryam Jafri___Roads to Serfdom, Repaved“

The works by Maryam Jafri activate social, economic and political documents with the knowledge of artistic forms. Whether Jafri’s research is focused on Detroit techno, the commercial exploitation of a stock photo depicting one of Jafri’s sculptures by Getty Images, archive photographs documenting the transition from colonial status to national independence, household items withdrawn from the market due to defects or insufficient demand, or wellness and BDSM practices, her strategy of appropriation and analysis remains consistent: Maryam Jafri dissects the complexes that structure society with a decidedly artistic eye for gestures, aesthetics and framing. Thus her sculptures, installations, films and photographs inevitably generate disturbing ambiguities and unwanted connections.

Among other works, Jafri’s first institutional solo exhibition in Austria and her most comprehensive show to date will feature the premier presentation of the installation entitled Model 500 (created specifically for the TAXISPALAIS) and a video, Mariam Jafri vs. Maryam Jafri (produced in cooperation with the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver). What relationships does a crossword puzzle prompt us to consider when the words we are asked to find bear witness to technological caesura and their interactions with social and musicological models? When vintage albums from the Detroit techno scene then occupy the black squares in a net that shimmers on the wall like the cover of an LP? What links emerge from the focusing questions in a vertically and horizontally directed grid, and how do they rearrange the literal?

Who is the author of the stock photo of an exhibited sculpture that works with commercially produced objects? To whom could which rights belong? And to what extent does the answer depend on the systemic context in which it is placed?

 

Maryam Jafri___Roads to Serfdom, Repaved
TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol
9 February – 12 May 2019

Curated by Nina Tabassomi

 

 

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