AYREEN ANASTAS AND RENE GABRI
THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING
ONE STEP FORWARD TWO STEPS BACK

13 February - 20 March 2010
PREVIEW 12 February, 6 - 9 pm

CINEMATIC EVENT 12 February (after opening) 9:30 pm at Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2
TESTING NOTHING IN A LITTLE ROOM IS THE WAY TO USE THE ROOM AND NOTHING IS THEN LOST AND THAT IS SUCH A CORRECTION

Tanya Leighton is pleased to present the very first solo gallery exhibition by Ayreen Anastas (b. Bethlehem, Palestine) and Rene Gabri (b. Tehran, Iran). 'The Meaning of Everything. One Step Forward Two Steps Back' is part of ‘Forum Expanded’ - a programme within the International Forum of New Cinema at the 60th International Film Festival of Berlin.  

'The Meaning of Everything'  is a long-term collaboration, which takes its title from a series of books of the same name. These books present a series of notes, questions, diagrams, and drawings, which trace or map the questions Anastas and Gabri share in the course of their work and life. One cannot say with precision what each of the books in the series will be about, nor what form they will take, as the life that will write them has yet to be lived. The current series is the artists attempt to give form to, and make public, the intellectual and affective movements or ‘becomings’, which constitute a life. There is a speculative and prospective dimension to the series as it will, at times, act as a script which can open up to events, actions, performances, videos, texts, gestures, and other unforeseeable incidents.

Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’, 2009/10
Archival C-Print
80 x 100 cm (Print Size)
85,7 x 105,5 cm (Frame Size)
Edition of 3
ANASTAS-GABRI-2010-0010