Jumana Manna. Wild Relatives
Catalogue of the exhibition

In recent projects, Manna has used film and sculpture to recompose various archival materials that pertain to historical narratives of the Levant and northern Europe as separate and relational geographies. These works have explored the ways in which economic, political and interpersonal forms of power condition architectural sites as well as human and plant life. Manna has a particular interest in the erasures that accompany various modern scientific preservation practices; her projects challenge the binary constructions of a pure and unchanging heritage on the one hand, and the embrace of innovation on the other.

In her newly commissioned work Wild Relatives, produced for the Satellite programme, Manna follows the matrix of hierarchies and relationships involved in a transaction of seeds between the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, an island in the Arctic Ocean, and the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The film travels the path of these seeds and traces motifs of extracting and placing different life forms from and into the ground, back and forth from dry lands to permafrost.

Published in conjunction with Jumana Manna’s exhibition at the Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz as part at the Jeu de Paume’s extramural programme and at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain, this book includes an essay by historian Shela Sheikh and a text by the artist tracing the reflections that led her to her project.

Paperback, 15 × 21 cm, 64 pages.
Bilingual French / English.
Co-edition: Jeu de Paume / CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux / Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz.
Price: 14 euros.

E-pub version: price, 6.99 euros.

To buy the catalogue: www.librairiejeudepaume.org

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