Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition

  • through April 22, 2019
  • Manchester Art Gallery
What do public museums collect, and why? Which works become highlights? Which lie in storage, forgotten? Which stories emerge to frame the visitor's encounters with the art they see? How do these stories change over time? Through the work of more than 40 artists, including provocateur Yara El-Sherbini, who grew up between England and Saudi Arabia, and the late Pakistani artist Anwar Jalal Shemza, the exhibition considers how public museums reflect and shape our collective imagination, and it examines how exhibitions can influence these shared narratives. This exhibition shows how artworks can nurture stories if they are shown in ways beyond the limited frames of biography and identity.
Courtesy of the artist and La Caja Blanca Gallery / Klein Imaging
"Skit," 2018, by Yara El-Sherbini, photographic print.

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