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NEW VENUE - Mophradat Residency
Taha Belal

Thu 5 July — Sun 30 September 2018

Please note, this residency will now take place in Cove Park and Hospitalfield.

Following the fire at Glasgow School of Art and the O2 ABC music venue, the Centre for Contemporary Arts remains within the cordoned area in Garnethill. At this time, there is no set date for re-entry, and the centre expects to remain closed for the duration of July and August.

We are working with our programme partners who had scheduled events throughout this period. Details of new venues and cancellations are here.

Thank you to Cove Park, Hospitalfield and all the organisations and individuals who have offered support to us, our programme partners and our cultural tenants.

Taha Belal’s artistic interventions are labour-intensive, delicate and spectral. His works retain roughness and errors: smudges, scratches, dirt and fingerprints on items passed through many hands. He works with common, mass-produced, disposable objects, highlighting their construction in a formal investigation of the language and images exchanged in our daily life.

On this residency, Belal will think with the bureaucratic debris from his day job at the family business in Cairo, where he is engulfed in an abundance of papers, tinted glass, plastic laminates, advertising matter, faux wood paneling and sticky, pleather roller chairs under a pervasive whitish blue fluorescent lighting. Drawing from these surroundings he makes works by pushing the accumulation of layers and peeling away at the greasy surfaces to bring into relief the superficiality of these elements and render them, for a moment, ineffable.

Supported by Mophradat.