Maryam Jafri: Generic Corner, 28 Aug 2015 — 01 Nov 2015
Exhibitions

Maryam Jafri: Generic Corner

Kunsthalle Basel, Steinenberg 7, Basel

Involving video, photography, text, sculpture, and installation, Maryam Jafri’s (b. 1972) practice sits at the crossroads of cultural anthropology and conceptual art. Her work has its foundations in hard-nosed research and often includes an impressive array of documentary material that is rife with economic, political, and social implications. Her treatment and contextualization of that found matter connects to a conceptual photographic tradition that runs from Ed Ruscha to Christopher Williams as well as to cinema and theater—much more than it does to so-called “research-based” art. Her mordant works are driven by interrogations of global capitalism and power as well as theatrical staging, embodiment, and ritual.
For her Kunsthalle Basel exhibition Generic Corner, Jafri’s first solo show in Switzerland and her largest exhibition to date, the Pakistan-born American artist presents a new series of photographic and object-based works as well as several other recent and older works, including two video pieces. Some are focused on household products and their relationship to questions of market demand and speculation. Others look at sites where S/M role-play activities are conducted, reveal the undersides of the production of erotic paraphernalia, or contemplate the privatization of copyright in the digital age.

Contacts & Details
OPENING TIMES:
Tue – Fri 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 11am – 8:30pm

Sat, Sun 11am – 5pm

CLOSING DAYS:
Mon
ADMISSION:
Free
T: +41 61 206 9900
M: info@kunsthallebasel.ch
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Kunsthalle Basel, Steinenberg 7, Basel

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