Jananne Al-Ani | the artist
The artist Jananne Al-Ani
Born 1966, Irkuk, Iraq.
Lives and works in London, UK, .
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Al-Ani studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 1997.
The Visit is a two-part video installation in which repeated scenes of a mysterious figure pacing in an empty landscape are contrasted with a series of conversational exchanges between a group of young women…
The Guide and Flock form a two screen video work installed in a sea container on Whitstable’s main beach. The films are part of a new body of work Al-Ani is developing which explores the disappearance of the body in the contested landscapes of the Middle East.
Though the work of Jananne Al-Ani is neither melodramatic nor brutal, the inevitably Greek tragedy resides in its rhythmic lament, in its darkly-clad chorus of women, in its absent, but ill-begotten hero. As the audience, we are cast between pity and fear, between empathy and anxiety. Since the mid 1990s, Al-Anis photographic and video portraits have been dominated by central figures of her mother, herself and her three sisters, and pervading, yet absent paternal figure…