Group Exhibition at New Horizons International Film Festival 2019

The Lubion series of photo-collages employs a visual lexicon established by the pair in A Moon For My Father which follows a dream-associative narrative of bodily and material transformation. These images offer an otherworldly view of the deep psychological changes experienced alongside the physical changes of pregnancy. In Akbari’s case these changes were amplified by the cocktail of hormonal IVF treatments, from which the name derives. In each we see the body merging with, and becoming co-opted by, ulterior forces and landscapes- be it the branched womb-like structure of a concrete filled ants nest, or the tuberous, tumourous growths of potato roots. These subterranean amalgamations seem to present the experience of foetal growth not as a something benign, but rather in the context of more troubling growths which had previously plagued the same body.

Opening tonight at BWA Gallery, Wrocław…The first in a series of collaborative collages. Lubion (2019) Just weeks after first meeting, Douglas White and Mania Akbari began working on a collaboration that would extend through the next five years of their lives.A Moon For My Father weaves a poetic tapestry from years of written and filmed correspondence between the pair. What started as a conversation between two artists of vastly differing heritages, outlooks and artistic practices, quickly deepened as their lives began to intertwine. Family photographs, archival footage and imagery from White’s artwork intermix with documentary footage from Mania’s journey through cancer and pregnancy in a conversation which covers the most intimate layers of the lived experience.
The Lubion series of photocollages employs a visual lexicon established by the pair in A Moon For My Father which follows a dream-associative narrative of bodily and material transformation. These images offer an otherworldly view of the deep psychological changes experienced alongside the physical changes of pregnancy. In Akbari’s case these changes were amplified by the cocktail of hormonal IVF treatments, from which the name derives. In each we see the body merging with, and becoming co-opted by, ulterior forces and landscapes- be it the branched womb-like structure of a concrete filled ants nest, or the tuberous, tumourous growths of potato roots. These subterranean amalgamations seem to present the experience of foetal growth not as a something benign, but rather in the context of more troubling growths which had previously plagued the same body.
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