Tag Archives: Couscous

But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise

FullSizeRender 56.jpgFlying Carpets // Nadia Kaabi-Linke // 2011 // stainless steel and rubber

Despite political unrest in the Middle East, its art scene is abundant and growing. Recently on view in the Guggenheim New York was an exhibition on Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa titled “But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise.” Materials ranging from brass, to rubber to couscous provide a sense of how artists in the Middle East and North Africa are using art as a way to highlight the diverse cultures and political systems that surround them.

gjhghgBank Bannister (Banque Bannister) // Hassan Khan // 2010 // brass


Untitled (Ghardaïa) // Kader Attia // 2009 // couscous, two inkjet prints, and five photocopy prints


Study for a Monument // Abas Akhaven // 2013-2016 // bronze & cotton


Latent Images, Diary of a Photographer, 177 Days of Performances // Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige // 2015 // 354 copies of printed artist’s, 177 metal shelves, and color video, with sound, 120 min.


FullSizeRender-113Untitled (Ghardaïa) 2009 // Kader Attia // Cooked couscous on wooden table and digital prints on paper

Hmm. What type of model is this? Is it made out of sand? No. Oh my goodness it is made out of cooked couscous! An edible work of art except you can’t eat it. Artist Kader Attia uses couscous to create a model of the city Ghardaïa in Algeria as couscous is one of the main foods in this North African city.