Passages through Passages الرفيق قبل الطريق

A survey exhibition of the spatial, technical and cultural imaginations cultivated by CAMP.

Created between 2006 and 2021, these projects draw upon CAMP's unique artistic processes: the use of technologies as geopolitical media, the actualisation of concepts such as leak, neighbour, footage and archive, and the persistence over time of so many of their collaborative projects and intersubjective interests. CAMP deals in the longue-duree of technologies and our relation to them, while also retaining the surprise and lightness of the unexpected way forward, as they like to say, like the cut in film.

The title of the exhibition talks about movement and its context. Its medium, like the ship, but also the forces that push and pull at it, and what art does here as a kind of embodied explorer crawling through the passages and rearranging them. They rarely do this alone, CAMP’s work has collaboration of diverse types as its starting point, as the title in Arabic of the exhibition tells us - the comrade before the journey.

The things that move in interesting ways in this exhibition include exhibitions themselves, as in the “Annotated Gujarat and the Sea Exhibition” (2011), newspaper images that have found new neighbours in A Photogenetic Line (2019), or the faceted subcontinental movements of A Passage through Passages (2020). The things that don’t or cannot move include the people in Al Jaar Qabla al Daar (2011), or the camera in Bombay Tilts Down (2021), and a certain member of CAMP. They do not move, but they move us.

On the ground floor which is dedicated to maritime worlds, the exhibition also features From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2009 – 2013), a film project commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme, and two other Sharjah-based projects, the book Wharfage and Radio Meena, recipients of the grand jury prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009). The upper floor has a cybernetic lineage, although enmeshed in regional contexts from Afghanistan to Palestine.

Passages through Passages is curated by Hoor Al Qasimi.

Gallery: Passages Through Passages, Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah
Watch and Chill

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Museum of Contemporary Art & Design
DRIVE-IN THEATER

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Watch and Chill
M+
West Kowloon Cultural District

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Watch and Chill
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

As If - III Country of the Sea

A journey with CAMP’s five-year Wharfage project and related maritime explorations.

March Meeting 2014

Panel on Sustained Engagements:
A Letter to the Sharjah Art Foundation in Grey, White and Black.
13th March 2014, 10:00 am
SAF Art Spaces, Sharjah

Collective Research Session: screening and discussion
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
14th March 2014, 20:00
Mirage City Cinema, Sharjah

CAMP at March Meeting, Sharjah

CAMP was invited to present its ongoing and upcoming projects at March Meeting, Sharjah.

13th -15th March 2009
Multaqa - Al Qasba
Sharjah

The Annotated Gujarat and the Sea and Wharfage

Mapping Asia

Al Jaar Qabla al Daar at Sharjah Biennial 10

A 72-minute film resulting from a CCTV video project shot in Jerusalem/ Al Quds with eight palestinian families, from and around their homes. Screenings are every 90 minutes starting 10 am, the last screening is at 8 pm. At Bait Al Serkal, Upto May 7, 2011.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 2013

Feature-length travelogue by sea between western India, eastern Africa and the Persian gulf. First shown at a purpose built outdoor cinema on the creekside in Sharjah in 2013, where many of the sailors gather. Shown in Documenta 13 in an abridged form, as part of the installation The Boat Modes.

83 mins. Original format(s): HDV, SDV, VHS, Cellphone videos (variable). Stereo audio and in-cameraphone music.

CAMP After Media Promises

Nam June Paik Art Center Prize

An exhibition of the contextually rich, environment-shifting media works of CAMP

CAMP: Beginnings

Beginnings is an exhibition tracing some of the conceptual and artistic origins of CAMP. At ARGOS, Brussels as part of new beginnings at ARGOS itself.

A PASSAGE THROUGH PASSAGES: On Roads in South Asia

A Passage Through Passages is inspired by ethnographic and archival work in five field sites. The central feature of the exhibition is a multi-screen film work by CAMP.

Wharfage

At first, a project on the creek in Sharjah in 2009, from where a large number of ships leave for Somali ports.



When the Cold Blows

A performance by our collaborators on cctv.camp, Seoul Express. More details: https://njpart.ggcf.kr/when-the-cold-blows/.

The Neighbour before the House الجار قبل الدار

EYEWITNESS
New Media Gallery

NJP.MA

NJP.MA documents the intermedia experiments of Fluxus artists as they encountered and radically transformed the distributive capacities of the new mediums of video and broadcast art, led substantially by the prescient work of Nam June Paik.

Phantas.ma/polis

The video art programme of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial

Presented by Pad.ma

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

الجار قبل الدار The Neighbour before the House 60 mins 2009-2011 Toronto Palestine Film Festival

Palestine from Above

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
The Neighbour before the House
A.M Qattan Foundation

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

"Watch and Chill"
83 mins
2013
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and online.

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