Opening Reception: Scarlett Coten, "Mectoub", In The Shadows Of Arab Spring

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Opening Reception: Scarlett Coten, "Mectoub", In The Shadows Of Arab Spring
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Mariane Ibrahim Gallery says
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery is pleased to announce “Mectoub, in The shadows
of the Arab Spring”, the first solo exhibition in the US dedicated to the French photographer
Scarlett Coten.
The exhibition will open June 18 and run through July 25th, with an artist opening reception on
June 18 from 6 to 8pm.
The Arab Spring protests that first took place in Tunisia, marked the prelude to vivid uprisings.
They resulted in political disputes far from the idealistic and liberal aspirations. In the midst of
social and political transitions, young Arabs continue to affirm their oppositions and their resistance
to secular and corrupted governments.
“Mectoub” 1, a popular expression meaning it is/was written in Arabic, translates
Coten’s interest in post-Arab Spring movements by featuring a series of photographs that illustrate
North African and Middle Eastern young men’s yearning for individual freedom and rejection
of social predicaments. The portraits question concepts of desire, masculinity, identity, territory
and history through the context of the societies the photographs represent. In this architectural
décor, far from the turmoil, the characters expose their sensitivity as an act of rebellion and
singular struggle.
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By: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

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