The exhibition Disorientalisms, part of the museum’s ongoing enquiry into artistic production in North Africa and the Near East, is based on Edward W. Said’s famous book Orientalism, first published in 1978. The show attempts to explore a geography invented by colonialism that aims to “orientalize the oriental” in cultural representations. The title of the show alludes to this legacy as well as to the idea of disorientation, a loss of bearings that can generate cartographies other than those drawn by Western historians.
Thanks to its historic ties with the East, Andalusia participated in this orientalizing vision, as attested by numerous Romantic travellers, and its geographical situation makes it a tangential border zone. Moreover, as Said accurately noted in the preface to the Spanish edition of his book, “Andalusia is a great symbol”, not only because Islam was a part of its culture for several centuries, but also because it exemplifies a social model in which “cultures share”, as opposed to the old model of imperial domination.
The group exhibition includes work from the following artists: Amina Agueznay, Kamrooz Aram, Ariella Azoulay, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Gülsün Karamustafa, Jumana Manna, Asunción Molinos Gordo and Teresa Solar.