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Mieke Bal. Don Quichotte: Sad Countenances

Mieke Bal.  Don Quichotte: Sad Countenances
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9 Jan 2020 - 14 Feb 2020

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Leeds Arts University

Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ

Mieke Bal’s most recent work of video art, a sixteen-channel installation, establishes connections between Cervantes’ seventeenth century novel Don Quijote and concerns of the present world.

The form of the exhibition matches the poetics of the novel. There is no linearity, neither chronological nor spatial. This lack of imposed order leaves visitors free and in charge of composing their own stories. The visual chaos, sonic cacophony, and linguistic confusion reflect the contemporary world. Try to experience this display, where you are close to what happens on the screens, as if you were roaming around in a strange city.

Through being touched by the installation’s form, viewers can learn from it for dealing with their own experiences of the violence contemporary society can generate, their own as well as those hinted at by others in their surroundings. 

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This exhibition is open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday at The Blenheim Walk Gallery.

Opening night: Wednesday 8 January 5-7pm

Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.

Image Info: Mieke Bal She,Too, Zoraida (Nafiseh Mousavi) looks out with frustrated longing, or in catatonic stupor, 2019 (detail) Photo Ebba

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