Monitor (Issue 0)
Rami Farook
Opens Thursday, 23 June - 7pm
Runs until 31 August, 2011
Traffic, Gallery II & III

In response to an exploratory journey through social history, Rami Farook (UAE, 1981) began to question his existence and role in such a transmuting environment through visual documentation. Rami, whose intentions were to observe, report and educate on some sensitive topics in recent world events, presents to the audience not only his work for display but also an introductory portrayal of his gestural attitude.

Monitor indicates a journal. While each work can be seen as a featured entry; together it generates a manifestation that motivates a greater public awareness. Rami considers art as a potential form of mass communication, an aspiration attained by his works. Through his own style of analysis, he generates and details viable questions created by his experiences. Eventually, documenting and sharing his interpretations with the audience, while encouraging their participation.

In this issue:
A prototype of a pedestal waiting for a monument
New year resolutions
From a barber’s diary (1741 - 1762)
A structural model of Art’s Social Environment
The state of La Biennale (re-reading and critically reviewing its function)
Fwd: Fwd: FW: Maths and music in Edinburgh????
Introducing ‘Islam and the World’
An emotional and impulsive reaction to injustice or oppression
Public service announcement
GOD SAVE THE KING
A contemporary model for the capital of ‘New Troy’
What goes up must come down
Applause, cheers, laughter and a heckle
Witness

Combining his roles as a father, gallerist, curator, patron of the arts and social historian, Rami essentially drew inspiration from his previous projects. Grey Borders/ Grey Frontiers (Berlin, June 2010), commented on the current social states of exploration, xenophobia, identity, religion and relationships. THE STATE (Dubai, November 2010) was inspired by the post-9/11 world, and referenced both the political state specifically touching on the notion of fear and displacement. ŒTHE STATE: UPPERS & DOWNERS¹ (Dubai, February 2011) captured the global condition from 2007 to 2010 from an economic perspective, with the city of Dubai as a focal point. By using the methodology of documentation in his own art practice, Rami held onto the Œevidence¹ acknowledging Edward R. Murrow¹s thoughts on escapism, insulation, fear and defending causes that were for the moment unpopular.

Rami¹s dynamic interest in the application of new media explains his adoption of documented presentation, when sharing his meditation on different topics. Rami is currently developing www.the-state.info as a social history forum where he will continue publishing Monitor while enabling the contributors to discuss, report and advise on the state of the world today.