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The Kipling Spirit - roula Sorour

The Kipling Spirit , Hahnemühle Bright White Photo Rag mounted on Dibond, by roula sorour 150x90cm , Ed.1/1 – 2017 V&A Museum, John Madejski Garden, designed by Kim Wilkie, London, England, early 21th century ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is part of an ongoing series, where i am using museum’s facades and photos from museum’s archives, to build fictional realities  pertaining to current events. The technique is varied, mainly envolving mixed media over printed digitally manipulated photos. The series is an homage to museums, these unique very dynamic yet meditational places where new connections between seemingly unrelated objets or events are established and where past and present are being woven together to come up with new narratives, questioning the past and imagining the future.

I’ve always sat in awe admiring the great brick facade of the V&A. Little did i know that Lockwood Kipling (Rudyard Kipling’s father)started his career as an architectural sculptor at the South Kensington Museum (later renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum) . That wonderful exhibition made it so clear to me that Britain’s greatness like that of the V&A relies so much on cultural diversity.  

Work in progress, my version of Courbet’s The Meeting (Bonjour Monsieur Courbet)

Inspired by Courbet's The Meeting

Inspired by Courbet’s The Meeting

I was in london the day Sursock museum reopened it’s doors , how exciting ! It must have been so festive and fun to be there! After years of renovation , now it’s up and running and I can’t wait to visit ! That same night I couldn’t help imagining an artist at the reception, rising above all the criticism that was being showered on her by curators collectors patrons and art experts!
Few weeks later I came across the below  article by  a very respectable art critic, where Courbet’s  painting was mentioned. What a coincidence! Turned out artist meeting art patron had been done before.  The roles of star and supplicant have been reversed it’s true but some artists and hopefully a majority remain as confident and independent as Courbet in The Meeting. The article  was a major criticism of the corruption surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach. It is no secret to anyone that corruption has been a major ingredient of the art market.

https://news.artnet.com/market/art-basel-miami-beach-degrades-artists-385643#.VnNV7iIPd7I.mailto

If you’r wondering about the dramatic shift in style, it may be explained by the extensive costume research I did to participate in the  costume design competition  for Luc Besson’s movie Valerian .

Here was my submission, I didn’t win but it was so much fun!

Happy holidays to all!!