Tyburn Gallery: Mouna Karray 'Nobody Will Talk About Us' (until 21st May 2016)
Ongoing reminders of the works as visual symbols continue with one of the show's final pieces, '34°20'59.2"N 8°20'11.7"E', which sees the artist's anonymous, ambiguous white packaged figure posited beside a similar white bag, presumably holding building waste. Here the symbolism of the binary effect is materialised, as the animate and inanimate are placed side by side, in addition to artist versus object, where we can see the manipulation of the image. Architectural elements of the landscape are reinforced as static and separate from the people inhabiting them, with backdrops of desolate, arid land accompanied by Karray's contribution in the form of the white bag.
The viewer finds his/herself asking questions and responding personally to each photographic work; is there life inside Karray's bag? If so, what does this mean for the people being photographed? A signifier of the unknown is a truly compelling addition to the exhibition, conveying the ambivalence of a global audience towards this seemingly fragmented society. The lack of investment in the area is stated as one of the reasons for this forgotten space, and a commercial gallery presenting this work opens up a dialogue between the Tunisian people, its governments, Karray and the audience in different ways, truly embracing the power of contemporary art.