Artprojx presents Jumana Manna public screening at the Hackney Picturehouse, London on June 6, 2013

The Poetics of Unforgetting, Jumana Manna, Mickalene Thomas, Susanna Wallin

By David Gryn

Artprojx Presents at Hackney Picturehouse is a new series of monthly screenings of artists film and video works. Launching with films by three brilliant young international contemporary artists – whose films will linger in your memory long after viewing.

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All three artists have made films, that I have not been able to forget ever since first viewing them. Manna’s Blessed Blessed Oblivion (along with Wallin’s Echo Park) was screened at the Art Video section I selected for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2012 and it was one of the most memorable and complete films I have shown. Susanna Wallin’s film Marker I screened at the Prince Charles Cinema, London several years ago in association with Film London, and somehow it has never left my thoughts and then Mickalene Thomas, whose work I have not screened before this. Last year, I was sent Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, by her producer, Tanya Selvaratnam and by her gallery Lehmann Maupin in NY, I was deeply moved and I wanted to find a way that I could present it. So here we go.

Blessed Blessed Oblivion by Jumana Manna

Inspired by Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising (1963), BLESSED BLESSED OBLIVION weaves together a portrait of male thug culture in East Jerusalem, manifested in barbershops, auto shops and bodybuilding. At the same time psychologizing and seduced by her subject, the artist finds herself in a double bind, a dilemma that resonates with the muddled desire that animates her protagonist as he drifts from abject rants to declamations of heroic poetry or unashamed self-praise.

Jumana Manna (born in New Jersey, lives and works in Jerusalem and Berlin) uses primarily film/video and sculpture to explore historical narratives, nationalism and subcultural communities. Her films are attempts at weaving together portraits of morally dubious characters or events, and her sculptural practice employs a language of minimalism and abstraction to reformulate familiar objects into a state of ambiguity, navigating between negation and seduction. Jumana Manna is represented by CRG Gallery, New York.


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