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10 October @ 10.00 am - 8.00 pmFree
This major exhibition is a group show by 13 artists and collectives who interrogate our lived relationships to material heritage through a diverse range of practices. “The works in the show pose pressing questions around the writing of history, the weaponisation of heritage and the construction of myths that is embedded within material culture, from the circulation of artefacts to the destruction of architectural spaces” says the blurb; all that seems to have particular resonance in this region, where geopolitics and petrochemical-fuelled overdevelopment clash with cultural hegemony and religious one-upmanship.
The objects and installations in this exhibition are never fully realised; rather they are evoked, imagined, and referenced – just like the phantom limb that is sometimes felt when the body loses a real one. As the Jameel puts it, “this visceral haunting in the presence of something that was forcibly removed in the past echoes many of the concerns of the artists presented in the exhibition”.
Phantom Limb features works commissioned for this exhibition by Rand Abdul Jabbar, Ali Cherri, Decolonizing Architecture and Benji Boyadgian as well as existing works by Akram Zaatari, Jumana Manna, Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones, Kader Attia, Théo Mercier, Rayyane Tabet and Khalil Rabah.
The exhibition also includes Maps of Defiance, an extensive installation of visual materials, annotated maps, 3D models, and data analysis by research agency Forensic Architecture co-produced by Art Jameel and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The installation demonstrates how innovative methods of digital design and image capture can enable cultural heritage advocacy, while at the same time preserving the memory of destruction before it is itself erased through post-war reconstruction.
To 15 February.