Premieres three new commissions internationally in June and July 2011

Premieres three new commissions internationally in June and July 2011


Production still from “1395 Days without Red,” Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala, 2011.
Photo by Milomir Kovačevic Strašni.

May 16, 2011

Premieres three new commissions internationally in June and July 2011

Artangel will première three new commissions at two of this summer’s key cultural events: the 54th Venice Biennale and Manchester International Festival 2011.

Venice Biennale:
4 June–27 November 2011

Zamach (Assassination), the final part of artist Yael Bartana‘s film trilogy …and Europe will be Stunned, will be the official Polish participation at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice: the first time a non-Polish national has represented Poland at the Biennale.

Bartana‘s trilogy revolves around the activities of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland, a political group that calls for the return of 3,300,000 Jews to the land of their forefathers. Filmed in Warsaw, the trilogy traverses a landscape scarred by the histories of competing nationalisms and militarisms, overflowing with the narratives of the Zionist dreams, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the Palestinian right of return.

Manchester International Festival:
30 June–17 July 2011

Artangel, Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth Art Gallery will present the world premiere of Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala‘s cinematic project 1395 Days without Red at the Whitworth Art Gallery as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival. Conceived, developed and filmed together, 1395 Days without Red comprises two separate films by the artists.

A woman makes her way through an empty city. At every crossing she stops. Should she wait or should she run? Should she wait for others or take the risk on her own? The city is Sarajevo and the route the woman takes was known as Sniper Alley during the siege of the city between 1992 and 1996. The woman, played by the actress Maribel Verdu, is reliving the experience of the siege. It is her individual journey through the collective memory of the city.

Also showing at the Whitworth Art Gallery will be Projections: Works from The Artangel Collection—a selection of groundbreaking film and video installations from the past decade of Artangel commissions: Catherine Yass‘s High Wire, Francis Alÿs‘s Seven Walks and Atom Egoyan‘s Steenbeckett. Outside the gallery, Tony Oursler‘s The Influence Machine, a spectral son-et-lumiere, will haunt Whitworth Park after dark.

Audio Obscura, by award-winning poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw, also premières at the Manchester International Festival. On the station concourse at Manchester Piccadilly Station, near platform 3, the project offers an aural version of the camera obscura: a framed and heightened reflection of the passing world.

To experience Audio Obscura, you will enter into the crowd to take part in an exploration of the overheard. Did he really say that? What did she mean? Does she realise what she is saying? You might wish you hadn’t listened or you might want to know more. You will look for stories and you might even find them…


Venice Biennale:
Zamach (Assassination)
Yael Bartana
Polish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial
4 June– 27 November

Manchester International Festival:
1395 Days without Red
Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
2 July–4 September

Projections: Works from the Artangel Collection
Francis Alÿs, Atom Egoyan, Tony Oursler, Catherine Yass
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
2 July–4 September
(except The Influence Machine, which runs nightly in Whitworth Park, Manchester, 2–16 July 22:30 – 23:30 not including Sundays)

Audio Obscura
Lavinia Greenlaw
Manchester Piccadilly Station, near Platform 3
Manchester M60 7RA
Saturday 2–Sunday 17 July

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Zamach (Assassination) commissioned by Artangel, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Zachęta National Gallery of Art. In association with Annet Gelink Gallery, Artis, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Ikon Gallery, Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery, The Netherlands Film Fund. Produced by My-i Productions in association with Artangel.

1395 Days without Red commissioned by Artangel with Manchester International Festival, Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Fundació Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), enabled by Han Nefkens, H+F patronage, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Arts Council England, European Cultural Foundation, Film Fund Sarajevo, Marian Goodman Gallery (New York), Hauser & Wirth (London & Zurich). Co-produced by Artangel and SCCA/pro. ba.

Projections produced by Artangel, Whitworth Art Gallery & Manchester International Festival. The Artangel Collection is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and major funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, with additional support from The John Ellerman Foundation.

Audio Obscura commissioned and produced by Artangel and Manchester International Festival. Artangel gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Emmanuel Roman. The project is supported by Arts Council England, Special Angels and The Company of Angels.

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