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From the Executive Director: Meriem Bennani Mixes Humor and Politics, Sculpture and Film

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Anybody else feel caught between worlds right now?

Meriem Bennani’s videos and sculptures take a playful twist on this dilemma. Bennani explores language broadly, as a means to amplify a way of working that pulls from many places and contexts. “Developing this practice that pulls from so many different languages—of TV, cinema, sculpture and installation,” she says in today’s new film, “mixing it all together has allowed me to hit the right note, in my own way.”

In our previous release, Hiwa K discusses “possibilities for transformation” as the impetus for remaking something deadly (weapons) into something hopeful and musical (a bell).

In a fractured world, these artists offer constructive criticality, at the same time as their work asks us to pause on the uncomfortability of the “in-between.” For both Meriem Bennani and Hiwa K, their creativity borrows from this source.

I hope you will share in this new perspective and join us in this in-between space to watch, listen, and ponder.

Tina Kukielski
Executive Director and Chief Curator
March 4, 2020

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Halfway point of our winter film season

With today’s premiere, we are now at the halfway point of our winter film season.

Catch up with the three new films that have been released so far, featuring Jacolby Satterwhite, Hiwa K, and Meriem Bennani.

Still to come are films featuring Krzysztof Wodiczko and Bryan Zanisnik. Each of those will make their respective debuts at 12:00 p.m. EST on March 18 and April 1.

One month until the Art21 Educators application deadline

Just one month remains until the application deadline for the 2020–2021 cohort of our Art21 Educators program. Are you looking for creative inspiration in your teaching? Do you want to gain a new community of collaborators? Is it time for your practice to be challenged by artists and peer educators from across the nation?

Submit your application by Friday, April 3, 11:59 p.m. ET.

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