This week’s 5 to see takes a closer look at contemporary society. Whilst Hong-Kong based filmmaker Ying Tung questions perceptions of social behaviour, Galerie Thomas Schutle asks questions about the information-saturated world which we now take for granted. The Met and The Art Institute survey modern creative practice, highlighting the influence of figures who came before and the concepts that recurrently capture man-kind’s eye.
Artists’ Film International: Fareha Khezal & Mak Ying Tung, Whitechapel Gallery, London
In the metaphorical work Mirror of Heart, Khezal comments on how women in Afghanistan must stand up for their rights and reveal their talent to participate in socio-political, economic and cultural life. Disarming (2013) Hong-Kong based Ying Tung records the intriguingly disturbing act of plucking out the spines of a cactus, thereby questioning issues of perception and social behaviour. www.whitechapelgallery.org
Poetics of Place, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The 60 photographs on display survey the diversity of contemporary practice, taking the theme of landscape and the built world as its focus. Opening with works from the late 1960s and early 1970s from figures such as Dan Graham and Donald Judd, to concluding with images from Matthew Brandt and Roe Ethridge in the 21st century, the exhibition reveals the significance of place in cultural ideologies. www.metmuseum.org
Design Episodes, The Art Institute, Chicago
In anticipation of the new permanent display of architecture and design works in the Modern Wing, highlights from the Art Institute’s collection manifest as three provocative episodes or vignettes: the modern chair, the emergence of postmodernity and contemporary identity systems in graphic design. www.artic.edu
Chloe Sells, Measuring Infinity, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
Sells’ contemplative images take the sublime and mysterious Kalahari Desert in Botswana as their focus. The horizon line forms the centre of the compositions, portraying both a sense of recognition with that of apprehension, evoking simultaneously an awareness of the cycle of life and death. www.michaelhoppengallery.com
You Don’t Need a Weatherman, Galerie Thomas Schutle, Berlin
Through installation, drawing and photography, the featured artists investigate social dynamics, economic systems and political relations within an increasingly complex culture. Issues such as virtual representation, infinite sources of information and endless data flows are questioned using readily available information and footage to create new narratives, systems and structures. www.galeriethomasschulte.de
1. Jean-Marc Bustamante, S.i.M (Something is Missing) (1997). Courtesy of The Met.