Dina Danish Re-Play: Back in 10 Minutes

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May 19 – July 27, 2012

SpazioA – Via Amati, 13 – Pistoia

For Re-Play: Back in 10 Minutes,Dina Danish will present two bodies of work, which stem from the notion of what  it means to re-produce, recreate and mimic one’s own works.

In 2011, Danish created a video, Halim: The  Dark Whistling Nightingale. In the  video, using her  hand  and voice,  Danish  interprets  a  found  video  in which  Egyptian  singer  Abdel  Halim  Hafez  performs  a  tragic love story (Qareat Al Fingan). Danish investigates the  moment in which Halim, irritated by the  audience’s whistling, scratches his head and  stops performing. His romantic stage persona collapses when  he  tries to whistle back at the  audience.

Only  recently  and  after  conducting  extensive  research does Danish  stumble  upon  footage  and  evidence regarding this specific incident making her come closer to what  might have  really taken  place during this performance. Thus, Danish  will  present a  new  body  of  work  reinterpreting  and  recreating  this  specific incident.

The work ranges from the mysterious suit, the audience members with referee  whistles, STOP IT! to the  singer and the  poet.

The  second body of  work  addresses the  values  and   concerns  towards standardization  in  regards to the  specificity of form, size and color.  Machines  excel  in  standardizing  and  systematically  re-producing perfect, identical objects.

In 2008,  Dina Danish created Back  in 10 Minutes. Composed of a large square table top  with the  words ‘back  in  10  minutes’  painted  onto  it,  the  work  pushed the form of the commonly  used post-it  note  into a large  3-D  object,  drawing  attention  to  the  artist’s  handwriting  and  the  casual  practice of announcing absence.

This  painting  together with  another depicting a blank  sheet of  standard US  legal  paper were  given  to Danish’s friend and  mentor in San  Francisco, which resulted in an ongoing conversation between the  two around the idea of reproducing these works and  standardization in the artistic process. In recreating some of her earlier pieces Danish uses this as a starting point to this exhibition to navigate the use of mimicry in contrast with recreating by simply copying with her own hand.

Dina Danish (born in Paris, 1981; lives and  works in Amsterdam) studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and  received a MFA at California College of the Arts, San  Francisco, CA.

She  took  part  in exhibitions including Kunsthall Oslo, SFMOMA in San Francisco, CIC in Cairo in collaboration with Kunsthalle Bern and  performed Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata at the Cairo Pavilion of the Amsterdam Biennial.

She  has participated in solo exhibitions including: Shmina Shmanish, 2011,  Jeanine Hofland  Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, A Matter of Time, 2011,  Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich. Most recently she took part in the group exhibition  Two Versions of The Imaginary, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and A Brand New Baby Carriage standing there on the Porch, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich.

She  has received awards such as “Illy Present Future”  award  at Artissima 18, “Barclay Simpson Award”, San Francisco, and  was a finalist for “SECA Art Award” at SFMOMA. Residencies she has taken part in include Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; Fondazione Spinola Banna Per L’Arte, Turin, and  PiST///, Istanbul.

Image above: Dina Danish, Re -Play: Back in 10 Minutes, 2012

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Dina Danish

Re -Play: Back in 10 Minutes, 2012

acrilic on glass and MDF

100 x 100 cm

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Transparent Legal Paper, 2012

paint on glass, water color on paper

52,5 x 42,5 cm

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Re -Play: Back in 10 Minutes, 2012

Installation view

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Re -Play: Back in 10 Minutes, 2012

Installation view

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Dina Danish

Re -Play: Back in 10 Minutes, 2012

Installation view

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Dina Danish

Re -Play: Back in 10 Minutes, 2012

Installation view

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A Short Break But We Won’t Be Back, 2012

single channel video

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Re -Play: Back in 10 Minutes, 2012

Installation view

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Dina Danish

20 to 25 Interruptions ( The Commas), 2012

20 to 25 whistles, ink, table

170 x 25 x 80 cm