Project Room #10
None of these artists can be called a sculptress; each one uses the artistic medium within a multidisciplinary practice, expanding the definition of sculpture itself. Not treating it as a result but as a process, sculpture becomes a tool for building spatial environments of various kinds. The 2019 Project Rooms deal with issues of contemporary life and socio-cultural phenomena such as misogyny, apocalypse and national identity.
Sophia Al-Maria (USA, 1983) is an artist, writer and director. In recent years she has focused her research on the concept of Gulf Futurism. Her interests focus on the isolation of individuals due to technology and reactionary Islam, on the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry, on the erasing of history and the rapid approach of a future for which no one is ready.
At the Foundation, Al-Maria will present Mirror Cookie, a room surrounded by mirrors, in which the public finds himself face to face with a video presenting the character of Bai Ling, a Chinese-American actress. The artist explores the role of a veteran who has survived the misogynist industry of Hollywood cinema. The video collects a series of disconnected monologues, the cookies, which the actress wrote and repeated in front of the mirror as a practice of self-esteem. Finding himself face to face with Bai Ling, the audience is forced to reflect on the racial and misogynist traumas suffered by the actress.