Ala Younis: Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad
Art Jameel and Delfina Foundation collaborate to present a solo exhibition by Ala Younis held simultaneously in London and Dubai. The exhibition includes a major new installation co-commissioned by the two organisations, Plan (fem.) for Greater Baghdad (2018), that builds on Younis’s 2015 work Plan for Greater Baghdad, which was included in the Central Exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor, and is shown alongside the new commission in the exhibition, thanks to a loan by Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.
In the newly commissioned work, Plan (fem.) for Greater Baghdad (2018), Younis brings to the fore the significant contributions made by female artists, architects and other influential characters to the development of Baghdad and its modern monuments. Typical of Younis’s investigative practice, the work rearticulates archival material to bring about new narratives. In this case, the reading sees beyond the male dominance of the city’s architecture and politics, to reveal the female influence on Baghdad’s history.
Art Jameel supports artists and creative communities. Current initiatives include running heritage institutes and restoration programmes, plus a broad range of arts and educational initiatives for all ages. The organisation’s programmes foster the role of the arts in building open, connected communities; at a time of flux and dramatic societal shifts, this role is understood as more crucial than ever.
Art Jameel’s model is collaborative: major institutional partners include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the Victoria and Albert Museum; locally, the organisation works with individuals and organisations to develop innovative programming that embraces both ancient and new technologies, and encourages entrepreneurship and the development of cultural networks.
Winter 2018 will mark the opening of the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, one of the first contemporary arts institutions in the city.
Art Jameel is positioned alongside Community Jameel, and complements its sister organisation’s work in promoting positive social change, job creation and poverty alleviation across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
28 February – 14 April 2018
Location: Warehouse 48, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue
Open: Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:00 – 18:00; Sundays, by appointment only.
Image: Ala Younis, Plan for Greater Baghdad, 2015. Photo by Alessandra Chemollo, 2015. Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia.