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Image 1 Left: Freedom by God’s blessing restored (2015) video collage, colour, sound, 10:05, loop; Right: Riaet, Sand, 2016, disused (demonetized) Pakistani bank notes, folded, installation dimension variable; Image 2 Freedom by God’s blessing restored (2015) video collage, colour, sound, 10:05, loop; Image 3 Night Song (2015) video and sound collage, colour, 09:15, loop; Image 4 Cover (2016) Embodied on tailor doll Textile drawing on woolen shawl with silk embroidery, 130 cm x 257 cm; Image 5/Image 6 Lale’/Lori (2016) Artist edition, double edition set, Fine Art inkjet on Awagami Mitsumata 45gsm, 42 x 60 cm each; Image 7 Victory over Tyranny (2016) Installation in 2 parts, disused (demonetized) Pakistani bank notes, folded, installation dimension
variable, 25 pieces + 36 pieces


Victory over Tyranny
Mariah Lookman

(An Exhibition with a Shift and Partial Substitutions
Curated by Daniel Kurjaković)

March 5 – May 12, 2016
Part 1: March 5 – April 2
Part 2: April 8 – May 12
Artist Talk: Wed. March 9, 6:30pm

Press information E/D:
↗ Press Release English
↗ Press Release German
↗ Press Dossier Part 1
↗ Press Dossier Part 2
↗ Night Song, 2015 (Video)
↗ Freedom by God’s blessing restored, 2015 (Video)

Press reviews:

↗ Frieze Critic’s Guide Zurich, April 2016 (by Aoife Rosenmeyer)
↗ Espaces Contemporains, L'art en mode «OFF», page 69/72, April 2016 (by Josiane Guilloud-Cavat)
↗ Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, April 2016
↗ Kunstbulletin 5/16, page 82, April 2016 (by Deborah Keller)

For the exhibition Victory over Tyranny Pakistani artist Mariah Lookman delves into icono- graphies of violence. Her exhibition – featuring entirely new works made, for instance, of video collages, disused bank notes, an artist book or an embroidered shawl – examines historical and current representations of war and violence as well as forms of resistance. The works touch upon seemingly divergent aspects and topics suc h as ‘The Great Seal of England, 1648,’ American President Harry Truman’s announcement of the Bombing of Hiro - shima in 1945, or contemporary video games. While immersive and at times confrontational, the exhibition also encom- passes poetic and analytical facets, enabling viewers to explore ethical questions related for example, to states of exception in warfare as discussed in the works of Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben, or Carl Schmitt.

Photos by Tashi Brauen and Kurt Dätwyler