The Situation Is Fluid

Ayman Ramadan


Print, 35 x 25.5 cm.
Materials: enamel on metal

Collection: Collection MHKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. M00210).

The Situation Is Fluid (quoting the White House's initial reaction to the revolution of January 25th 2011) consists of signboards made by hand, whereupon this title appears in English and Arabic. They hark back to bilingual street signs.  This deliberately chosen title phrase presents as pregnant with meaning, but really is an empty statement that, according to the artist, is just as bereft of content as most other diplomatic/political utterances. And yet, Ramadan has made of this a signal. A signal first spread via friends who made photographs of the sign worldwide in a place of their choosing and now by showing enamel plates at different spots throughout the exhibition space.  

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