Wallpaper: Alia Syed

When 10 Sep 2010 - 15 Oct 2010
Where Talwar Gallery
108 E 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry 212 673 3096

Alia Syed, Wallpaper, 2010.  Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery New York.

Press Release:

In this performative work spanning four generations of women, Syed uses the memory of a wall painting her grandmother made in her late forties to explore the matrilineal relationships within her immediate family. This event explores re-enactment and recreation as a ritual of remembrance. Giving precedence to the relational dynamics of filming, this split screen work intercuts various combinations of video that documents the process of making a 16mm film, with the actual 16mm footage.

The work explores how inter-generational relationships emerge through the act of recreation of the original wallpaper. This, in itself, is an act of remembrance. How to create a perfect image, an image of perfection that exists in memory? The ‘perfect’ mother daughter relationship informs these central questions of memory and tradition. The act of filming, who films whom, how each woman wishes to be seen by the other and to see for the other is the core concern of the work. The notion of erasure, presence and territory, of subjectivities produced by the very act of remembrance create a compelling new piece in this uncharted area within Syed’s work.

Wallpaper will be shown in conjunction with four portraits of the women asleep.

About the Artist:

Alia Syed was born in Swansea, Wales and lives and works in London, UK.  The Artist has been working in experimental filmmaking for over two decades and her films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including a recent solo exhibition at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain (2009), XV Sydney Biennale in Sydney, Australia (2006), British Art Show 6, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2005); Personal Space, at Tate Britain, London (2003); Performing Bodies at Tate Modern, London, UK (2000). The artist has been invited to present and discuss her work at Tate Britain, London, UK (2010) and Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA (2005). In 2002 a major retrospective of Syed’s films, Jigar, was organized by inIVA, London, UK and traveled to Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA), Glasgow, Scotland, The New Art Gallery in Walsall, UK and Turnpike Gallery, Manchester, UK.  The Artist currently teaches at Southampton Solent University and has also lectured at Central St. Martins, Glasgow School of Art and Chelsea School of Art in the UK.

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