Exhibition curated by Ala Younis for Makan
4.12.2011 – 4.1.2012
Banu Cennetoğlu, Mohssin Harraki, Maha Maamoun, Evariste Richer, Oraib Toukan, and General Idea.

Exploding the doubts and curiosities imposed by the indefinite state of flux in the Arab region, “Momentarily Learning from Mega-Events” is an exhibition that explores priority versus urgency in art production. Questions on the position of artists and their reconditioned processes are contemplated in relation to changes in the social and political contexts. The artistic production presents itself as document on the affect of the oscillating political environment in 2011. The project does not track the impacts of mega-events in artistic presentations, but rather investigates the contemporaneity of art production itself in relation to the contexts they emerged within.

The curator worked in dialogue with five conceptual artists towards proposing projects to be developed or finalized by December 2011. Reflecting the exhibition’s conceptual parameters, the project aims at engaging and urging art production despite/within the limits of constantly changing realities. The promise to produce in 2011, whether as a poetic thought or an act of defiance, fore-casted projects that brought forward a set of variables; images within images, images versus narratives, narratives reinterpreted in the emergence of new forces, investigations on powers in natural and political environments, and the power that artists are offered in moments of collective awakening.

The title of this project is used with permission from the co-editors of the book of the name “Momentarily: Learning from Mega-Events”, published by Western Front, Vancouver, Canada in 2011 the book is a research on the impacts of the 2010 Olympic Games on Vancouver at a time when this city has been noted as especially livable. This title responds to Venturi, Izenour and Scott Brown’s pivotal “Learning from Las Vegas”.

The project was developed with the partnerships and support from an international network of institutions and individuals; Greater Amman Municipality – Department of Culture, French Institute in Jordan, The General Idea Estate, Embassies of Turkish Republic in Algiers (Algeria), Khartoum (Sudan), Nouakchott (Mauritania), Sana (Yemen), Tripoli (Libya) and Aydın Selcen, Aramex, AirFrance/KLM, TV5monde, Ford Foundation through the International Institute of Education, and Netherlands Media Institute.