Tarek Al-Ghoussein

Tarek Al Ghoussein

K Files

January 29 - March 7, 2014

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Tarek Al-Ghoussein - K Files

The Third Line is pleased to exhibit Tarek Al-Ghoussein’s K Files, displayed as part of a two-person show at the first ever Kuwait Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, and showing for the first time outside the biennale. For the Project Space, Tarek puts together an installation of found objects, personal artifacts and newspaper clippings that consider the story of his family life via public forums such as eBay.

Keeping in line with his study of identity crises in the face of ideological politics, Tarek produced a special body of work for the Kuwait Pavilion titled National Works. This was in continuation of the larger archival sequence K Files, which documents found material from family albums, antique shops, the Internet and other sources in an on-going process. The performative photographs feature interactions between the artist and sites of grandness and importance in an attempt to track significant places in Kuwait’s development.

Presenting new work in the Project Space, Tarek assembles an installation of personal paraphernalia that tell the story of his family life, pursuing a personalised investigative turn into his K Files documentation. His father’s role as the Kuwaiti dignitary to the United Nations, and later as an ambassador to the United States, led towards the discovery that many moments of his family’s life are now public property. While he refrains from direct political commentary, Tarek does take into account how the mergence of the public and the private have been imperative in shaping his own life, largely contributing towards the artist’s engagement with his identity.

Tarek Al-Ghoussein

D Series

February 12 - March 05, 2009

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The Third Line is proud to present photographs by Tarek Al-Ghoussein with a series exploring belonging and identity and how the relationship of the solitary figure and surrounding space is defined. 

A Palestinian - Kuwaiti based in the UAE, much of Tarek Al-Ghoussein's work deals with how his identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss in relation to an imagined “homeland”. In many of his photographs the artist is dwarfed by a vast desert landscape, reconstructing allegorical scenarios for the obstacles, barricades and walls erected in the Occupied Territories. This is Al-Ghoussein’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and coincides with the launch of his first artist book, In Absentia.

Group Show

Roads Were Open / Roads Were Closed

September 10 - October 02, 2008

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Artists: Fouad Elkoury, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Laila Shawa. 

Roads Were Open / Roads Were Closed is an interdisciplinary exhibition which maps varying approaches and practices around the experience, perception and memory of conflict-related trauma featuring works by Fouad Elkoury, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Laila Shawa. 

This exhibition will feature a panel discussion with Elkoury and Joreige, as well as a series of films shown over the duration of the exhibition.

Fouad Elkoury's On War and Love is a series of 29 daily journal entries recorded during the 2006 bombardment on and incursion into Lebanon by Israel. The work combines photography and text in order to reveal the artist''''s intimate thoughts as he recounts this event which is doubled by the decision of his partner to leave him.

In Wonder Beirut, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige retrace the career of Lebanese photographer, Abdallah Farah. In 1975, Farah started damaging the negatives of his postcards, burning them little by little, imitating and simultaneously documenting the battles and bombings of the civil war. Hadjithomas and Joreige both republish these images to record the demise of this city, as well as that of the photographer’s psyche.

Tarek Al-Ghoussein's series ofSelf-Portraits depict the artist in various settings where open spaces and obstacles intercept each other. Based in the UAE, many of his photographs include the artist dwarfed by a vast desert landscape, stuck in front of remnants of walls in the middle of an open space.

London-based Laila Shawa’sWeapons of Mass Destruction is an oversized slingshot, stretched back as if ready for release. Despite the tension within its strips, the rock in its pocket is clearly grounded and presents no danger. 

This exhibition was generously supported by Bank of Sharjah.