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THE NEW YORKER: Jumana Manna

November 2016 – Galleries-Downtown

 

Six sculptures by the young Palestinian-American artist—made of plaster, resin, fiberglass, and bone—resonate with implications. A nearly nine-foot-long funnel-like form suggests both a gutter and a giant tongue; irregular cylinders, punctured by holes, call to mind termite mounds or the early totems of Louise Bourgeois. Several works rely on metal scaffolding, which turns the entire gallery into something like a construction site. The works were first shown in the ruins of a palace in Marrakesh, where they riffed on the local architecture and toyed with tourists’ expectations of historical sites. Here, they assume the mysterious poetry of displaced relics.

 

 

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