press release

The Time is Out of Joint is a project curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh. It is a continuation of the exhibition programme for Home Works 6, Beirut, in 2013.

Building on Ibn Arabi's concept of time as a fluid place and place as a frozen time, the project examines our current and future locations and conditions. It confuses different times, places, cities and artistic events that took place in the past or will take time in the future. The Time is Out of Joint reenacts two key exhibitions that took place at transitional moments in history and completes them with a look into the future. It summons 'the first Arab Artist Biennial' in Baghdad in 1974, and 'China Avant-garde Exhibition' in Beijing in 1989 and the future Jogja Equater Conference in 2022, questioning constraints of time and place by suggesting leaps among those different places and times, and among basic laws that have governed and continue to govern thoughts. The project invites the audience to engage with three platforms; an exhibition, which includes video works, installations and photography; a reading room with a discursive programme that hosts performances, artist talks, and an archive; and a one day conference titled Jogja Equator Conference 2022.

The exhibition will feature works by Zeinab Al Hashemi, Basma Alsharif, Hicham Benohoud, Ali Cherri, Venzha Christ, Cao Fei, Tzu-Nyen Ho, Meiro Koizumi, Maha Maamoun, Basim Magdy, Radouan Mriziga, Khalil Rabah, Kyohei Sakaguchi, Tita Salina, Wael Shawky, Konrad Smoleński, Song Ta, Jalal Toufic, Mark Teh, Aleksandra Waliszewska and Raed Yassin.

The Time is Out of Joint is commissioned by Asian Culture Complex - Asian Arts Theatre and Sharjah Art Foundation