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Dor Guez, The Architect, Scanogram 3 (2015) from The Sick Man of Europe. Archival inkjet print, 45 x 65 cm (18 x 26 in).

Dor Guez, The Architect, Scanogram 3 (2015) from The Sick Man of Europe. Archival inkjet print, 45 x 65 cm (18 x 26 in).

WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit/MOCAD.

WHEN: On view October 16, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe: The Architect

Artist Dor Guez focuses on the plight of marginalized communities in the Middle East. The five-part work by Guez, of mixed Christian-Palestinian and Jewish-Tunisian heritage, reflects on the military history of the Middle East through the creative practices of individual soldiers from the region.

“The Sick Man of Europe” was first used in the mid-19th century to describe the Ottoman Empire, but has since been applied at one time or another to nearly every country in Europe and the Middle East. For his installation, Guez appropriates the proverbial “Sick Man” by reconstructing him as an individual and an allegory. Caught in the crosshairs of history, the “Sick Man” blurs the categories of perpetrator and victim, soldier and citizen. “The DEPE Space project space gives artists who work with social issues a platform for larger meaningful conversations to happen with our communities. We are looking forward to having Dor in our museum for this purpose as he is one of the most thoughtful and though provoking artists working today,” says MOCAD Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder.

The Architect, tells the story of Kemal P., an architecture student recruited into the Turkish army on the eve of World War II. In a video installation, the centerpiece of the exhibition, a much older Kemal looks back on the young architect’s life as the Ottoman Empire transforms into the Republic of Turkey. After the end of World War II and the death of President Atatürk, Kemal P. never works as an architect. The exhibition also shows a number of ‘scanograms’ as well as an architect’s flat file cabinet of photographs of soldiers Kemal P. collected over the years.

Dor Guez, The Architect, Scanogram 4 (2015) from The Sick Man of Europe. Archival inkjet print, 150 x 200 cm (59 x 79 in).

Dor Guez, The Architect, Scanogram 4 (2015) from The Sick Man of Europe. Archival inkjet print, 150 x 200 cm (59 x 79 in).

Guez’s construction of the “Sick Man” narrative reflects tensions between eastern religious and western secular cultures in such liminal geographies as Israel (“villa in the jungle”) and Turkey (“the gate to Asia”). Each work on display shows how writtenhistory often clashes with narratives of different individuals. The project metaphorically flips the reading of the history of the Middle East from an oversimplified meta-narrative to a nuanced multitudinous chorus of personal stories in a region in which military service is compulsory for all able-bodied men.

MORE DETAILS: http://mocadetroit.org.

About

Artist and a scholar Dor Guez lives in Jaffa. In 2009, he established the Christian Palestinian Archive, which is devoted to this minority. Guez’s work has been the subject of over 25 solo exhibitions worldwide, with his most recent at the ICA in London. Past solo exhibitions have been held at The Rose Art Museum in Boston, Artpace, San Antonio, The MosaicRooms, Centre for Contemporary Arab Culture, London, The KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Guez’s work has been included in numerousinternational exhibitions and biennials including the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; 17th and 18th International Contemporary Art Festival, Videobrasil, São Paulo; the 3rd Moscow International Biennale, Moscow; Biennale Benin, Cotonou; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and MAXXI Museum, Rome. Guez also serves as Head of the Photography Department at the Bezalel School of Art and Design, Jerusalem.

 




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