Antwerp, Belgium—Transart faculty member Noam Toran is featured in the exhibition “Don’t You Know Who I Am?: Art After Identity Politics” opening at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA) on June 13, 2014.
“Don’t You Know Who I Am?” presents the work of 28 international artists dealing with the politics of identity in today’s postidentity world. While the 1980s and early 1990s popularized an era of exhibitions organized around race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality, the mid 1990s and early 2000s saw a backlash against such identity-based shows. With this history in mind, “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” features artists born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s (Generation Yers) whose work investigates the intersectional nature rather than essential notion of identity. The exhibition’s rhetorical title evokes the cohort’s notorious sense of exceptionalism while also functioning as a call for greater art world recognition voiced by a lesser known, younger generation engaged with a mode of art production some consider passé.
“Don’t You Know Who I Am?” includes Noam Toran’s collaboration with Onkar Kular, “I Cling to Virtue,” a mixed media installation composed of objects, narrative texts and videos about a fictional East London family of mixed Jewish and Sikh descent. An amalgamation of the artists’ personal histories and those of prominent 20th century families, including the Kennedy political dynasty and William Faulkner’s fictional Snopes family, the installation speaks to the multiple and fragmentary nature of family histories.
On view at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA) from June 13, 2014 through September 14, 2014, “Don’t You Know Who I Am?: Art After Identity Politics” will be accompanied by a conference on June 14, 2014 as well as a free downloadable e-book. The exhibition is curated by Anders Kreuger and Nav Haq on behalf of M HKA and organized in partnership with AIR Antwerpen, an international artist in residency program.
Born 1975 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Noam Toran lives and works in London. His sculptures, films and installations involve intricate narratives that reflect upon the interrelationship between history, cinema, literature, design and memory. Toran earned a MA in Design from the Royal College of Art, London (2001) and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1997). He has taught at Transart Institute since 2013.