Morehshin Allahyari: Zoba'ah: The Whirlwind / Jacolby Satterwhite: A Sense of Healing - Announcements

Morehshin Allahyari: Zoba’ah: The Whirlwind / Jacolby Satterwhite: A Sense of Healing – Announcements

The Museum of Contemporary Art (founded in 1991 in Roskilde) collects, researches and exhibits ephemeral and temporal works of art. To better accommodate these formats and engage new audiences, the museum became a traveling museum in 2021. This winter, the museum proudly presents an online exhibit by Morehshin Allahyari and a closed nightclub exhibit by Jacolby Satterwhite.

Zoba’ah: The whirlwind-a digital exhibition of Morehshin Allahyari
How can we participate in creating the world we want to see and experience? To download the sculpture of the artist Morehshin Allahyari Zoba’ah: The whirlwind you must agree to a set of “terms and conditions” written by the artist and respond to how you will take small actions to change the world as a whole. In this way, you summon Zoba’ah, a creature from the Islamic world, which always causes sudden changes.

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Based on drawings of 14th and 16th century Zoba’ah jinns, Iranian-born artist Morehshin Allahyari modeled the sculpture in 3D Zoba’ah: The whirlwind for the virtual collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art. In pre-Islamic and Islamic theology, a jinn is an intelligent spirit known as a shape-shifter created from smokeless fire, which exists in a parallel world. As one of the most powerful jinn, Zoba’ah, which translates to “whirlwind”, brings immediate change when summoned. Meaningful change is needed, Allahyari believes, in this time of struggles for justice, wars and urgent climate disasters. Therefore, she brings Zoba’ah into the virtual space, which in recent years has represented a crucial public arena for transformative movements such as the current Iranian women-led uprising under the hashtag #MahsaAmini, the Arab Spring, the anti-imperialist movements in Hong Kong, the EndSARS uprising in Nigeria, the global Black Lives Matter protests and the Me Too movement.

A feeling of healing by Jacolby Satterwhite
Through virtual reality, video installations and neon works, artist Jacolby Satterwhite shows us how dance and music can be used as shields by marginalized people against their treatment by society. Nightclubs are celebrated in several of the artist’s works as places where, historically, a different and freer life for black and queer people flourished. For this reason, the exhibition A feeling of healing is staged in a closed former nightclub in Roskilde as an opportunity to imagine possible safer spaces in the city.

We journey through computer-generated worlds and ocean coastlines in Satterwhite’s imaginative works, drawing on sources ranging from Nigerian mythology, video games, pop culture and art history. The artist is known for creating mythical digital worlds, in which avatars often move to electronic beats – showing us modes of existence as black and queer people in response to the surrounding world. Likewise, his mother, Patricia Satterwhite, diagnosed with schizophrenia, found peace in the world of fantasy where, during times of desperation and unemployment, she designed household products in hopes of having her ideas patented. Satterwhite turned his mother’s drawings into 3D animations as a general feature of his works, and his homemade recordings became electronic music made with producer Nick Weiss, providing the soundtrack for all the works, giving the soothing voice of his mother a divine and omnipresent character. .

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