Black Friday

IMG_4359.jpgBlack Friday // Sophia Al-Maria // 2016 // digital video, color, sound; 16:36 min  & The Litany // Sophia Al-Maria // 2016 // Sand, glitter, glass, smartphones, computer screens, tablet computers, and USB cables, with multichannel looped digital video, color & black-and-white, sound; durations variable

In a darkened room a tall, vertical screen looms over a pile of sand scattered with partially working electronics. Various scenes flash on the screen including a mannequin face, people riding escalators and scenes from shopping malls in the Middle East. The video work, titled Black Friday, and the electronic installation titled The Litany, explore  consumerism and the adaptation of the shopping mall into the Gulf Arab nations, something the artist, Sophia Al-Maria, calls “Gulf Futurism.”

img_4351The Litany // Sophia Al-Maria // 2016 // Sand, glitter, glass, smartphones, computer screens, tablet computers, and USB cables, with multichannel looped digital video, color & black-and-white, sound; durations variable

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