press release

Ala Younis: Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad
01.03.2018 - 14.04.2018

Delfina Foundation, in collaboration with Art Jameel, presents “Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad” in London. It’s a solo exhibition by Kuwait-born, Jordon based artist, writer and curator Ala Younis which will be held simultaneously in London and Dubai.

The exhibition showcases a new installation “Plan (fem.) for Greater Baghdad”, co-commissioned by the two organizations. In the new installation, continuation of Younis’s 2015 project “Plan for Greater Baghdad (male),” the artist makes an archival presentation of the contributions of female artists, architects and other members of the society who had a significant role in the development of Baghdad and its special architecture. The artist narrates the role of Balkis Shahara, wife of famous author Rifat Chadirji, who secretly carried copies of his manuscripts from Abu Gharib, which resulted in the publishing of three of his books while in prison. She also mentions artist Nuha al-Radi who describes the lives of people of Baghdad, neglected by media, through her diaries of 1990/91. An unknown young woman, prominent in the new year festivities of the gymnasium is also shown. The artist Fahrelnissa Zeid, poet Iman Mersal who paid a solidarity visit to Baghdad under siege in 1993; famous architect Zaha Hadid and others. This installation project is based on found materials, documents and oral histories according to timeline spaced with inkjet prints and drawings along with digitally printed 3D models of different figures.

Ala Younis was born in 1974 in Kuwait and moved to Amman in 1984. She graduated as an architect from the University of Jordan in 1997. Her work has been showcased in various solo exhibitions, including Darat al Funun, Jordan (2009); Delfina Foundation, London (2010); and MMAG Foundation, Jordan (2017). Selected group shows include CCS Bard Galleries, New York (2017); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2017); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); Venice Biennale (2015); New Museum, New York (2012 and 2014); Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2012); Gwangju Bienniale (2012); Istanbul Biennial (2011). As a curator, Ala Younis organised the first Kuwaiti Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

“Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad” will be presented from February 1, 2018, through March 24, 2018, at Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Pl, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY, UK.