Shadi Habib Allah
Palestinian, born 1977
Selected exhibitions
I can call this progress to halt,
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
2015 Triennial: Surround Audience,
New Museum
Shadi Habib Allah: Evacuated Containers,
Green Art Gallery

Shadi Habib Allah questions the ways in which objects circulate in society, and what this suggests about value, economics, and politics. Allah works with a variety of artistic disciplines that includes installation, video, sculpture, performance, and drawing; these take as points of origin real conditions in the world, or demonstrate the artist’s experience with laws and regulation. For example, Allah’s multi-part work titled S/N: 8F1GNA0021 (2012) documented his act of commissioning a camera to be stolen from a clandestine marketplace and fashioning it with a new shell to hide its illicit acquisition. Another series stemmed from an incident in 2009, in which one of Allah’s sculptures was confiscated and destroyed at the Tel Aviv airport. Using drawing, he made 1:1 representations of the room in which his sculpture was destroyed, based on third-party descriptions.

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