Something good that never happened brings together new abstract photographic works by Nabil Azab made specifically for the exhibition space at Afternoon Projects.
Azab’s photographs are in conversation with his writing, drawing, etching, and research practices. The dialogue between these areas of interest offers a fertile ground for his images and their realities which will be presented in this exhibition.
This exhibition features a grouping of the artist’s abstracted, visually ambiguous, large-scale framed photographic works, as well as wooden photographic sculptures which will interact directly with the space.
The artist’s motivation to make abstracted and aesthetically ambiguous work extends from his own sense of displacement, both physically, and psychologically. These hazy, or dream-like memories serve to replace the physical space of memory; drawing upon his own experience with displacement, and geographic relocation. The refusal to frame photography within its traditional imposed objectivity is equally a refusal to let go of this physical space.
The images challenge the commonly held belief in the objectivity of the photographic apparatus through the various manipulations and blur techniques employed in Azab’s practice. The re-photographic of the artist’s own archive, as well as the blurring, layering, and distortion of negatives and slides, offers a visuality that altogether challenges the photograph as a moment in time. Instead, the images offer an affective charge which pulls them into the past, as well as the future.
Please note this exhibition is not wheelchair accessible.