Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi - Exhibition

Helen Teede: The Material Presence of the Past

Showcase Gallery

16 Nov 201516 Jan 2016

In The Material Presence of the Past, Helen Teede reads the earth’s surface as a “text”. Finding a sense of disillusionment in what is written by humans, who are unavoidably bound to a subjective frame, she attempts to subvert the inextricable link between power and writing by seeing every mark on a surface as a kind of writing. Thus she has explored Zimbabwe’s landscape, finding writings in fossilized dinosaur footprints, the bark of trees, the ribcage of a hippopotamus, the rivulets made in sand by an evening breeze, the stones that were once a forest, or the palimpsest of a cliff-face. She traverses the boundaries between art, philosophy, literature and science, incorporating texts from these disciplines in her work and pitting them against what the earth’s surface permits us to read. In doing so, she asks the viewer to discern their own relationship with writing, mark-making, landscape and power.

  • Helen Teede, Bone Book. Courtesy of the artistHelen Teede, Bone Book. Courtesy of the artist
  • Helen Teede, 'Imaginarium of the Past (Oysters)'. Courtesy of ShowcaseHelen Teede, 'Imaginarium of the Past (Oysters)'. Courtesy of Showcase
  • Helen Teede, 'Tree of Life', Baobab Bark. Courtesy of ShowcaseHelen Teede, 'Tree of Life', Baobab Bark. Courtesy of Showcase

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Special Events

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: Showcase Gallery
Type: Opening
Admission: Free

during Alsarkal Avenue Galleries Night

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
mon, tue, wed, thu, sat, sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
fri

ESTABLISHED:
1990

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Harvey Sharon


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