Shadi Habib Allah’s new solo show at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is the first presentation of a project produced by the Consortium Commissions.
Palestinian artist Shadi Habib Allah’s exhibition, curated by Aram Moshayedi, was initiated by the artist’s immersive engagement with corner stores in Liberty City, Miami, in an attempt to examine the US government’s welfare policies and their impact on a largely disenfranchised and marginalized population. The non-monetary exchanges that emerge within these contexts embody the impoverishment, scarcity, and financial inequity that form the basis of Habib Allah’s research and his focus on data collection as a way of processing daily realities. Habib Allah’s project is organized around a series of images and sculptures that approximate the quotidian nature and social reality of areas such as Liberty City, which are marked by racial and economic disparity. Find out more about the exhibition here.
Initiated by Mophradat, the Consortium Commissions is a new model for co-commissioning art projects by emerging artists from the Arab world. Working with a network of collaborating partner museums, art centers, theaters, and festivals around the world, to collectively select, produce, and exhibit ambitious new artworks. Mophradat provides each of the six selected artist for this edition with a grant of up to US $22,000 to cover the production of their new project, and the artist’s work is presented at two of the prestigious institutional partners.