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Title: (re)Orient, Fareed Armaly, Galerie Lorenz (F)
Author: Olivier Zahm
Source: Flash Art, December 1989
Flash Art, December 1989
"(re)Orient", Fareed Armaly, Galerie Lorenz (F)
The art of Fareed Armaly is an art of passage, of the distances and
conflicts between signs, between words and things. For his first Paris
show, titled "The (re)Orient," this former assistant to Joseph
Kosuth interrogates the West’s image of the East, Paris's image
of Beirut, the museum's image of the world. Armaly takes this approach
because it is in the distance between "here" and "there,"
in the intermediate space between them, that contemporary meaning, with
all its difiiculties and cracks is to be found.
Through a small dormer - window set into the glazed door of the gallery
one could see an extract of Godard's film Bande a Part, the scene showing
three figures running through the hall of the Louvre. Clearly a metaphor
the distance imposed on us by the space of the gallery staked out with
signs and references, scraps of the real and the made-up which serve
to reorient our fragmented vision of an East in crisis.
Reusing the constitutive signs and statements of our vision of the East
is for Fareed Armaiy to weave unsuspected semantic links between real
and fictional places, between written history and lived time, between
the museum and the imaginary. So many new combinations of signs, scraps
of knowledge and bursts of reality which elaborate a broken fragmentary
syntax of the contemporary. To rethink the Orient. is to attempt to
reorient ourselves "here," in Paris, in the halls of the Louvre,
in the gallery at the very moment when "there" in Beirut the
mirror is breaking under the blows of a disordered history. Confronted
with the impossibility of thinking historically today, this contemporary
artist gives urgency to an essential element of our era, a seizure of
the present outside the empty time of the media.