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Location One is proud to announce the first New York exhibit ion by Afghan artist Lida Abdul. The opening reception for “What We Saw Upo n Awakening” [2006\, 6:50\, 16mm film transferred to DVD] will be held on T hursday October 4th\, 6-8pm. The exhibition is open to the public through S aturday November 17th\, (Tue-Sat\, 12-6pm) and is curated by Pieranna Caval chini\, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum\ , Boston.

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Lida Abdul’s work is rooted in the devast ation of war and in a sublimation of healing. In her videos\, Afghani ruins appear as images from a dreamscape–both real and surreal–steeped in forgot ten histories and mystery. To acknowledge a ruin in a war torn country\, ev en to pick up a single stone\, is to breathe life back into a culture that has been put on hold. The men and women in her films acknowledge their fate \, striving to re-awaken by acts of sheer resilience and by compulsive repe titive gestures. Abdul’s films evoke survival and a path to recovery.

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In What We Saw Upon Awakening the artist has created a s urreal vision of the de-construction of a ruin. Remarkable for its composit ional beauty and restraint\, this film is a meditation on the aftermath of war\, exposing the tangled after shocks of destruction\, acceptance and ren ewal. In six minutes of classically framed and beautifully conceived cinema tic shots\, we watch as a group of men pull in a united effort on long whit e ropes\, straining under this Herculean task. Slowly we grow aware that th e ropes are tied to the stone walls of an actual house destroyed by a recen t bombing in Kabul\, which the men are striving to pull down. At first thei r efforts seem puny and ineffectual against impossible odds\; their actions become a metaphor of all survivors’ attempt to deal with the devastation o f war. Later the film ends with a burial ritual\, symbolizing closure and a moment of communal healing when the ruins are finally put to rest so that life can begin anew.

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This exhibition has been m ade possible with the generous support of the Board of Directors of Locatio n One.

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An Artist/ Curator Talk will be held at Location One on Tuesday October 9th\, at 7 pm< /STRONG>
free to the public\, no reservations needed

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