Waiting Zones/ Zones D'Attentes series
Tunisian photographer Zied Ben Romdhane presents waiting zones - from the first 'Sit In' at the central kasbah in the capital Tunis, from a police station in Kef that has been burned in a protest, at an airport in Djerba where no aircrafts come, at checkpoints in Tobruk in Libya, from Shousha the camp for refugees on the Tunisian and Libyan border called Ras Jedir, where people wait in lines for food, wait for tents, wait for passports, immigrant workers wait for their governments, wait for the civil war to end.
Zied was born in Tunis to a Berber family from the island of Djerba. He began taking photographs in 2003 to understand, and to change, the nation of ten million into which he was born. He has since worked in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Yemen - documenting the island of Socotra. ziedbenromdhane_website
Proletariat Aesthetics is a project of curatorial research into the politicised aesthetics prevalent in much contemporary art today. Mohandas NN reflects on Kerala, Marxist theory and its social objectives, in critique of a party system that now depends on communist nostalgia as it courts big business, creating a dogma based on the colour red and portraits of Che Guevara. Zied Ben Romdhane, often deals with the history of a left movement sabotaged and then ignored in Tunisia during the period of Ben Ali's dictatorship only to resurface within student movements during the mass protests of the Arab Spring and its present legitimacy as an opposition to the newly elected right wing government in Tunis.
Zones D'Attentes is Clark House's second in a series of projects that stand in solidarity with the Maghreb aimed at a dialogue between the two distant regions of North Africa and South Asia that began as conversations between Omar Fassatoui, Skander Zitouna, Yves-Victor Makaya, Mokhtar Kallel, Cheick Diaby and Sumesh Sharma in 2006. Curated by Sumesh Sharma and Zasha Colah.