Shangri La: Imagined Cities

DCA — Los Angeles Municipal Gallery

DCA-commissioned companion exhibition, Shangri La: Imagined Cities, curated by Rijin Sahakian, provides a critical juxtaposition to Doris Duke’s Shangri La through the presentation of contemporary works that produce a multiplicity of worlds, interpretations, and investigations without ignoring the implications of organizing around particular geographic or religious lines. Sahakian, who was born in Baghdad in 1978, was selected by DCA for her intimate knowledge of the contemporary art scene and pioneering work in the Middle East. Ms. Sahakian’s ambitious curatorial project, along with a companion catalogue, explores issues of travel, mobility, and collection making while reflecting on the journeys that inspired and ignited Doris Duke’s Islamic Art collection. The exhibition provides a powerful framework for discussions around the politics of production and acquisition, and the mechanisms of global capital, power, and violence in the circulation and “making of” individual identities and aesthetics. Imagined Cities artists and their respective works will explore these themes through the mediums of video, installation, and photography. 

Artists include: Haig Aivazian, Jananne Al-AniGeorge AwdeTaysir BatnijiCharles GainesMariam GhaniGelare Khoshgozaran, and Adrian Paci.

Image Credit: George Awde, selection from Untitled, series of 24 inkjet prints, 30"x37", 2007-2014; Courtesy of the Artist. 

10.26 – 12.28

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DCA's Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027