Green Art Gallery Dubai presents Statue of Limitation, an exhibition of works by Nazgol Ansarinia, Holger Niehaus, Judith Sönnicken and Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck with Media Farzin.
“Let us not be deceived,” Bernard Baruch announced in 1947, “we are today in the midst of a cold war.” The walls may have come down over two decades ago, but there are numerous symptoms of Cold War antagonisms and unresolved issues in today’s political landscape: global powers attempting to colonize the world intellectually as well as economically, then resorting to concealed or overt violence where the propaganda machine is ineffective.
Statute of limitations is a legal term, describing the time frame during which affected parties can take action to seek justice after injury or damage. There is no time limit for seeking justice for large-scale international crimes — financial, technological, or cultural colonization, systemic corruption, invasions, war profiteering, war crimes, state-sponsored terrorism and assassinations, or cyber wars. Yet these are the very crimes that, despite clear evidence of their damage, remain unacknowledged, normalized by social and political systems which condone them.
In the face of such systemic violence, this exhibition offers a statue of limitations: an anti-monument to human will, with all its limitations.
- Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Chronoscope, 1951, 11pm, [Stelae], 2009−2011. In collaboration with Media Farzin. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and of Green Art Gallery