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The Time is Out of Joint


Five photographs from Wang Ningde’s iconic Some Days series will be shown as part of The Time is Out of Joint at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, starting April 8, through April 17, 2016.

Curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh, The Time is Out of Joint exhibition is a joint project of Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE and Asia Culture Center – Theater, South Korea.

As a continuation of the exhibition programme for Home Works 6, Beirut (2013), The Time is Out of Joint is inspired by Andalusian philosopher Ibn Arabi’s concept of time as a fluid place and place as a frozen time. The project challenges the constraints of time and place by suggesting leaps across temporal and geographic boundaries, deliberately confusing times, places, cities and artistic events that took place in the past or will take place in the future. It reenacts two pivotal exhibitions that took place during key transitional moments in history—the First Arab Art Biennale in Baghdad (1974) and the China/Avant-Garde exhibition in Beijing (1989)—and pre-enacts a future event—the “Equator Conference 2022″ in Yogyakarta (2022).