Jz Aamir (Light Calligraphy), Mounir Fatmi (The Absence of Paths) and Mo' Mohamed Benhadj (Reverence) in Top 10 artworks that defined Contemporary Art in 2017

Jz Aamir (Light Calligraphy), Mounir Fatmi (The Absence of Paths) and Mo' Mohamed Benhadj (Reverence) in the Top 10 artworks that defined Contemporary Art in 2017 by Liceo Magazine

1.- "Make America Great Again", Abel Azcona dedicated to Donald Trump.

2.-"Mass", Ron Mueck invites us to reflect on the meaning of our life in the face of death.

3.- "Partenón of Books" by Marta Minujin to remind us that books still exist.

4.- “The Absence of Paths”: Mounir Fatmi Tunesia Pavillion, Curated by Lina Lazaar - Venice Biennale.

5.- "Monument for the 308" by Andreas Greiner.

6.- "Reverence" performance by Mo' Mohamed Benhadj in Al-Tiba9.

7.- "Support": Lorenzo Quinn - Venice Biennale.

8.- "Growing Geometries – tattooing mushrooms" by Theresa Schubert.

9.- "The 99 Names of Allah" Light Calligraphy by JZ Aamir.

10.- "I can feel" by Suzy Kellems Dominik.


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4.- “The Absence of Paths”: Mounir Fatmi Tunesia Pavillion, Curated by Lina Lazaar - Venice Biennale.

 The Absence of Paths - Venice Biennale

The Absence of Paths - Venice Biennale

In the Tunisian pavilion of the Venice Biennale, the theme was very direct: Refugee crisis that affects the entire European continent, where large migratory masses die along the way, and when they reach their destination, they are often treated like animals. Each kiosk in Tunis was occupied by young people from that country who issued visitors travel documents called "Freesas", which visitors validated by stamping their fingerprint, signing an intangible agreement to "support a philosophy of universal freedom of movement without the need of an arbitrary state sanction. "

In this way, Lazaar, curator of the project turned politics into the Venice biennale, in a kind of collective and interactive performance where "artist" and spectator could feel that they lived in a just and truly civilized world.

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6.- "Reverence" (Performance Art Live), by Mo' Mohamed Benhadj in Al-Tiba9

 Mo' Mohamed Benhadj - Reverence

Mo' Mohamed Benhadj - Reverence

The Arab International Exhibition of Contemporary Art "Al-Tiba9 5th edition", held in Barcelona , as the spirit of it. Surrounded by works by JZ Aamir, Mounir Fatmi, Abdou Cheref, Mahsa Ali Khani or Faraz Habiballahian, Mo' Mohamed Benhadj's performance was a Reverence for Allah, covered by fire generated by sparks of two welders, while it seemed to raise his spirit in a trance; a mystical moment where art and spirituality merged.

« I see the best and I do the worst » Ovide.
The human condition is complex. The being is alone with his multiple nature, overwhelmed by
desires, emotions and passions, has an eagerness to know the possible dimensions of his being, shared between Sacred and Profane - Original Contradiction -.
How to achieve the union between freedom and constraint of the world? How to anchor me
in the center of myself? This chimera inside me will have "Reason" of the "Me", or my soul like a bird, may reach another reality?
This work is the research: This spiritual equation, leave the split space: Achieving the Ultimate
"Reverence" in the face of life reaching all."

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9.- "The 99 Names of Allah" Light Calligraphy by JZ Aamir.

 Jz Aamir - Light Calligraphy

Jz Aamir - Light Calligraphy

It was a great year for Arab Contemporary Art; Opening of the Louvre in the Arab Emirates, Dubai was consolidated as one of the most avant-garde sites for art and design; The fifth edition of Al-Tiba9 was held in Barcelona. JZ Aamir, a Pakistani resident of Dubai, was very close to all this news. "The 99 Names of Allah" in "light Calligraphy", of which he is practically the master, it is a continuous work-in-progress: "I have written 20-25 Names of Allah until now". He told us exclusively for Liceo Magazine, in his first interview for a medium written in Spanish.

"The process requires a location visit, learn the history of the structure and extract a beautiful word to shoot and use as Light Calligraphy, then revisit the place, compose the map in which I make sure to leave enough space for the light calligraphy, the selection of color LEDs custom made according to the place and the environment, I adjust the setting of my camera in the long exposure and I start to write. I have to recompose 3 to 4 angles to obtain the best composition All my work is directly from the camera with minor color correction and rough conversion, I have built the lights myself to be suitable for light calligraphy, nothing in my work is "photoshopped" or retouched in any way. reverse to avoid flipping in Photoshop too, so far I have made luminous calligraphy in Arabic, English, Urdu, Farsi and Chinese, my intention is to produce Light calligraphy in so many languages. more as I can. "

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Las 10 obras que definieron el arte contemporáneo en 2017