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Forging Identities

Anthropological concerns are rendered in theater films, paintings and sculpture 

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Rana Hamadeh

NETHERLANDS

The Sleepwalkers, 2016, single-channel HD video: 30 min 30 sec. Courtesy Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. 

Activities once seen as extrinsic to art, such as critical theory, research and even curatorial practice itself, have shaped contemporary art of the last decade far more than art-making. An exemplar of this shift is Lebanon-born, Netherlands-based Rana Hamadeh, who has grouped her discursive-intensive practice under the rubric “Alien Encounters” since 2011. Bringing these intellectual activities together in baroque fashion, she…

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