Mapping an influential subset of recent art from the Middle East, Central Asia, and their diasporas, 'Tarjama/Translation' introduces the work of 28 artists in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented by ArteEast in collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art. It affirms the role of contemporary artists as translators who create significance by transforming experience, perception, and thought into acts and material of communication by scrutinizing everything at hand — materiality, culture, society, belief. In 'Tarjama/Translation', language and textuality remain salient, but in engaging more fully with the complexities of our present era, emphasis is placed on approaches of visual translation across conceptual, temporal and geographic borders. Following essays by the curatorial team, the work of each artist is introduced individually in this catalogue. Curator's biographies and image captions provided.
Other participating artists include: Ayad Alkadhi, Nazgol Ansarinia, Hamdi Attia, Lara Baladi, Esra Ersen, Khaled Hafez, Emily Jacir, Pouran Jinchi, John Jurayj, Gülsün Karamustafa, Farhad Moshiri, Khalil Rabah, Michael Rakowitz, Solmaz Shahbazi, Wael Shawky, Mitra Tabrizian, Sharif Waked, Dilek Winchester, Akram Zaatari, Yto Barrada, Bouchra Khalili, Rabih Mroué and Khaled Ramadan.