Basma Alsharif, Corniche, 2011, Photograph


STUDIOCUR/ART is pleased to announce the group exhibition Supernova in Milan. Curated by Karina El Hélou, the show is comprised of four artists: Basma Alsharif, Sarah Francis, Simon Lewandowski and Raed Yassin.

A void results from an explosion, in astrophysics, the phenomena of a black hole is explained as a void left by an explosion of stars called Supernova. Voids we experience in life, or senses of nothingness, have a relationship with our cosmos–most importantly through time measure.

Time is abstract and has a relative dimension; there is no beginning and no end. Running time leaves us helpless without the ability to go backwards or forwards, except for our memories.
In our mind, what was real and what was not gets mixed. What happened and didn’t becomes irrelevant, what stays is the feeling of absence. The perception of time is relative to each: nostalgic reminiscence, existential living or obsessive planning of the future become mechanisms we develop as defense systems.

How can we fill the void left by the missing person, relationship, country and friend? Images, videos, texts and letters feed the nostalgia building myths–stories we tell others and ourselves. In Raed Yassin’s video Disco, the Lebanese artist remembers his lost father, imagining him as an Egyptian pop star. Basma Alsharif’s The Story of Milk and Honey, depicts an immigrant recalling the country and family he left behind through a letter and vanishing faces from a photo album.

From reminiscence we create myths and from myths we create prayers, akin to the desert Bedouins’ nostalgic poems on a lost oasis. While Bedouins may stand above what’s left of the ruins from the past, they grieve and remember a time long gone. A selection of those poems known as Al Mu’allaquat will be presented.

In Sarah Francis’ existential video Nawal’s rituals, produced by Ashkal Alwan, present time is suspended by a couple we do not see but hear. The film captures, in a snapshot, the absent relationship between a man and a woman, where the only thing they shared was the time passing in the calm but heavy climate of Beirut. Time is stretched to become a flawless, unstoppable phenomenon with the surrounding space acting as the only fixed and immutable dimension.

Simon Lewandowski’s Time setter installation includes a reversing clock, allowing time to go backwards and forwards. His research questions our need to measure and control time obsessively.
Time is immaterial; an uncatchable dimension of our life which connects us to the organisms of the universe, its stars and galaxies. Perhaps the past and the future look better trough the prism of our imagination. As Proust famously said: The only paradises which exist are the ones we have lost. 

Simon Lewandowski, Setter, 2014, Edition of 30


STUDIOCUR/ARTvia Ventimiglia (angolo via Privata Bobbio), Milan
23 March – 13 April 2015