Hanni KamalyDipping Off Distance
03 October—18 November 2017
Opening: 2 October, 6pm
ALMANAC presents the first solo exhibition in the UK by Malmö-based artist Hanni Kamaly.
Dipping Off Distance looks at the representation and dehumanization of the other, exploring how contemporary forms of image production, consumption and circulation effect the way collective and individual bodies are formed and perceived.
Kamaly’s work investigates how the role of fear and narratives of violence work to secure social norms and power in relation with the other. In her film, BEASTMODE, the demonization of the black subject or the colonized subject is disclosed and weaved with the depiction of the beast, the alien, the nonhuman.
Referencing pop culture, post-colonial studies and anthropology, the work opens up associations between science-fiction and horror movies, the perception of immigration, and the fear of proximity with the other, as fantasies to justify violence and re-establish distance.
Objects of fear become subjects of violence, reflecting the duality between the creation of monsters and the creation of slaves. A new series of sculptures is presented: fragile futuristic creatures from our inner dreams blur the territories of terror and desire. Attempts of undefined identities. Clumsy mechanical spiders inhabit the exhibition space. Their bodies, assembled of metal elements, stand still - too scared to move, waiting for the light to dim.
Hanni Kamaly’s exhibition at ALMANAC is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts