Life Is Too Short

Exhibition: Life Is Too Short
Location: Salsali Private Museum (SPM), Alserkal Avenue

Dates: 23 March – 31 July 2012

Salsali Private Museum is pleased to present its second exhibition LIFE IS TOO SHORT.

Showcasing a selection of modern and contemporary photography and video art works from the Salsali Collection, LIFE IS TOO SHORT explores the ways in which new media has transformed how artists express themselves.

The accelerated speed of modern life has been the subject of artistic discourse since the industrial revolution and new media such as photography and video art has changed how we contemplate art and artistic practices.

Highlights of this unique new exhibition include artworks by Shadia Alem, who represented Saudi Arabia at the 2011 Venice Biennale, and works from Manal Al Dowayan's latest series, 'I Am.' Photographs by Iranian artist Ali Zanjani, specially commissioned by SPM for this exhibition, are shown for the first time alongsidework by Ramin Haerizadeh, collaborativephotographic workby Peter Fischli and David Weiss, and collaborative video artwork by Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi. Also presented in this exhibition is artwork from the Nation Estate series by Palestinian multimedia artist Larissa Sansour. These controversial works had the artist removed from the shortlist of the 2011 Lacoste Elysée Prize and SPM is proud to support the artist by including them in Life Is Too Short.

In addition to the main exhibition, Life Is Too Short, SPM present a new, specially commissioned artwork by Nazzy Beglari-Scarlet. This artwork, in the form of a cinema installation, pays tribute to Farideh Lashai, the grand dame of Iranian modern art whose life and works continue to influence a generation of artists inside and outside of Iran. 

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