March 24, 2011Renate Ferro's video and sound piece, No Justice, No Peace, Solidarity with the Middle East is being featured in the exhibition Brief Histories. Ferro is a visiting assistant professor of art. The group exhibition curated by Isak Berbic and Fawz Kabra runs through April 1, 2011 in the United Arab Emerites at Sharjah University City, Al Bayronuni, Sharjah. Brief Histories brings together works of contemporaneity with the unfolding events in the Middle East and the larger global politics of winter and spring 2011. The show is being held concurrently with other events taking place in the UAE, including Art Dubai, Global Art Forum, and the Sharjah Biennial among others.
Ferro's video piece plays with issues of politics and geography and the construction of cultures and identities. Cable television carried an international news clip of Libyans hailing shoes in an act of disgust and disrespect at Muammar Gaddafi. The news clip bemused the artist because Libyan citizens were hailing shoes, the soles of which hit not the real Gaddafi but a projected screened image, a digital simulation of the long-time ruler.
Ferro uses as a background for her video a digital image of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Throughout the video shoes are hailed at the digital image while the viewer can hear audio clips of Wisconsin demonstrators and others deploring the actions of the governor's recent labor bill and consequent vote. No Justice, No Peace, Solidarity with the Middle East is a chant often heard in the West not only by Wisconsin citizens but demonstrators from other parts of the country when these citizens exercise their right to protest and assemble. This video is dedicated to all people who understand that grassroots politics and action is at the heart of change.