February openings at Ikon plus special Francine Houben event

A Press Release we can’t be bothered to rewrite, but that might interest you:

Press Announcement: February Openings at Ikon Gallery plus special
event with Francine Houben, architect of Birmingham’s new library

February Openings:

Rabbya Naseer and Hurmat Ul Ain
White as Snow
Ikon is pleased to announce an addition to its February openings:
White as Snow, a film short by Pakistani artists Rabbya Naseer and
Hurmat Ul Ain that challenges assumptions about women in the Islamic
world. The artists take on roles as chaste, obedient girls, a comment
on how personal female moral values are determined by prescribed
social behaviour.

Marjolijn Dijkman
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
This ambitious photographic archive by the Dutch artist maps the
planet through thousands of digital images. Dijkman also creates a
replica of the dining table used by Birmingham’s Lunar Society during
the 18th century Enlightenment, at which visitors can have their own
‘Lunar’ meetings and plan for a better future.

Robert Orchardson
Endless façade
An installation inspired by the sets designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1955
for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear –  designs
which were met with damning criticism at their launch. Orchardson
revisits them here as a kind of nostalgia for the optimism of
modernism.

All exhibitions run 23 February – 25 April 201. Full details are attached.

Additional special event:

In Conversation
Wednesday 23 February, 6.30-8pm, FREE
Ikon Gallery

Francine Houben, architect of Birmingham’s new library building, is in
conversation with artists Marjolijn Dijkman and Robert Orchardson.
Chaired by Ikon Director Jonathan Watkins, panellists discuss shared
interest in notions of modernism, progress and utopian themes within
the built environment. Places are free but should be reserved by
calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.

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