Jananne Al-Ani, Sounds of War 2003, 2003
Medium: Audio CD ROM One track 13.38mins
Size: 14 x 12.5cm
Born to an Iraqi father and Irish mother, Jananne Al-Ani moved to Britain at the age of 13. Her early work explored the construction of beauty and the representation of the body in Western Art and much of her work continues to be influenced in the fetishised female in Orientalist painting and photography.
Though she has worked extensively as a photographer, her recent work is primarily in video. Her videos and installations explore such subjects as her family’s experience of war, their feeling of loss and seperation from their absent father (who remained in Iraq), and the conventions of Orientalist representations. Memory and word games act as a starting point for many of Al-Ani’s recent video works.
Al-Ani has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad and has had solo shows at Dryphoto Art Contemporanea, Prato (2002) and the Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (2002).
Recent group exhibitions Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists at the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign (2004); Love Affairs at IFA-Galerie, Stuttgart, touring to Bonn and Berlin; Alethia: the Real of Concealment at Goeteborgs Konstmuseum; And the One doesn’t stir without the Other, Ormeau baths Gallery, Belfast; Disorientation, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin and The New Schehrazades, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (all 2003).
Al-Ani has also co-curated a number of exhibitions, most notably, Veil at The New Art Gallery Walsall which toured nationally.