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BROTKunsthalle, 10.09.-03.11.2012
Come Invest in Us. You'll Strike Gold

#x201CCome Invest in Us. You#x2019ll Strike Gold,#x201D refers to the words spoken by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after being elected for the first time in 1999. As much as this was an economic promise addressed to his country, it was also a seductive wink to foreign investors. Since then, entrepreneurs have indeed honored his invitation with the heavy support of various international governments.
Based on artist Djamel Kokene#x2019s eponymous work, Come Invest in Us. You#x2019ll Strike Gold #x2013 The Exhibition scrutinizes the scope of Western, as well as Arab, economic and financial interests at stake in the MENA region, interests that the recent popular uprisings and concurrent international political gamesmanship and strategic maneuvering have only made more blatant.
The project offers diverse perspectives on how artists fom the MENA region and its diaspora reflect on the contexts, consequences and aftermaths of the various investments, transactions and contracts that have been made with and within the region. By exploring such multifaceted issues as the wealth of the territory as a whole, oil and gas drilling, militarization and the armaments industry, the flow of people and goods, real estate, building and civil engineering works, and brands and luxury goods, the works shown in the exhibition shed light on the true motivations behind the many questionable business dealings #x2013 invariably money, control and power #x2013 and, in extension, on how this is affecting the social, political and cultural environment of the entire region, as well as its inhabitants. Ultimately, the exhibition also reveals how these financial and economic dealings are impacting aesthetics and forms in the Arab World and Iran.

Curated by Diana Wiegersma.


Artists featured in the exhibition
Adel Abidin (Irak)
Haig Aivazian (Lebanon)
Kader Attia (Algeria)
Fayçal Baghriche (Algeria)
Taysir Batniji (Palestine)
Shahram Entekhabi (Iran)
Ninar Esber (Lebanon)
Karim Ghelloussi (Algeria)
Babak Golkar (Iran)
Babak Kazemi (Iran)
Bouchra Khalili (Morocco)
Majida Khattari (Morocco)
Djamel Kokene (Algeria)
Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabia)
Leila Pazooki (Iran)
Sara Rahbar (Iran)
Baktash Sarang (Iran)
Sama Al Shaibi (Irak/ Palestine)
Oraib Toukan (Jordan)
Hajra Waheed (Saudi Arabia)


Sara Rahbar I Waited for You Even in the Darkest of Days
Sara Rahbar
I Waited for You Even in the Darkest of Days
Babak Golkar Le Corbusier Derivatives - L.C. I
Babak Golkar
Le Corbusier Derivatives - L.C. I
Babak Golkar Le Corbusier Derivatives - L.C. II
Babak Golkar
Le Corbusier Derivatives - L.C. II
Babak Golkar Le Corbusier Derivatives - L.C. III
Babak Golkar
Le Corbusier Derivatives - L.C. III
Djamel Kokene Come Invest in Us. You'll Strike Gold
Djamel Kokene
Come Invest in Us. You'll Strike Gold
Hajra Waheed Expansion Chart: Mecca 1–11
Hajra Waheed
Expansion Chart: Mecca 1–11
Babak Kazemi A Report for D'Arcy
Babak Kazemi
A Report for D'Arcy
Ahmed Mater The Empty Land
Ahmed Mater
The Empty Land
Fayçal Baghriche Feikô
Fayçal Baghriche
Feikô
Kader Attia Oil & Sugar #2
Kader Attia
Oil & Sugar #2
Leila Pazooki The Aesthetic of Censorship
Leila Pazooki
The Aesthetic of Censorship
Karim Ghelloussi O Jardim Botânico Tropical
Karim Ghelloussi
O Jardim Botânico Tropical
Shahram Entekhabi Fresh Sinezani
Shahram Entekhabi
Fresh Sinezani
Baktash Sarang Le Puisatier (The Well Digger)
Baktash Sarang
Le Puisatier (The Well Digger)
Adel Abidin Ping Pong
Adel Abidin
Ping Pong
Oraib Toukan The New(er) Middle East
Oraib Toukan
The New(er) Middle East
Ninar Esber Torso
Ninar Esber
Torso
Majida  Khattari La Vitrine (The Storefront)
Majida Khattari
La Vitrine (The Storefront)
Haig Aivazian Into Thin Air to the Ground
Haig Aivazian
Into Thin Air to the Ground



 
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