Building Imaginary Bridges Over Hard Ground
Madinat Jumeirah Dubai, UAE
18.03 to 21.03.15
Curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas
Marker 2015 includes an exhibition that brings together works that in some way–whether intentional or not–build bridges and make connections between Latin America and the Arab World.
The exhibition references Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges, the most respected author of literary fiction from Argentina. As with many of Borges’ writings, this short story features parallel yet intertwined narratives, that gift the reader many possible encounters and finales – just like the works in this exhibition.
Latin America and the Arab World are regions so vast and prolific that just making sense of them is a task in itself. Immersing oneself in not only the artistic practices of the regions themselves, but also practices that are influenced by them, is akin to entering a Borges-like labyrinth, where all interactions and outcomes are possible.
The exhibition takes a salon-style approach, with works selected and hung in an organic yet deliberate way; together, they trace themes of literature, philosophy, reproduction, coding and language.
The bridges of the exhibition’s title are both imaginary and real; they end up leading to a multitude of cultural mirrors. For Borges, literature exists through history in reflective layers: to write is always to re-write, to plagiarise is to reflect on something that has been thought or seen before. Here the aim is to better understand who we are, where we come from, and how our cultures can find themselves through these metaphorical mirrors.