Jananne Al-Ani

Jananne Al-Ani

Born 1966 Kirkuk, Iraq
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

In works that balance beauty and unease, Jananne Al-Ani reflects on the flows of capital, power and resources which link different sites and communities, both throughout history and in the present day. In a group of videos created since 2009, Al-Ani splices together aerial footage, emphasising shared shapes and forms in the landscapes surveyed. These works developed from her interest in the early reconnaissance photography of the First World War. Al-Ani asks us to consider the gap between a distant, technology-driven view of the landscape and the messy human impact of war. This became acutely apparent to her in the media coverage of missile strikes on Iraq, her country of birth, in the Gulf War of 1991. The terrain Al-Ani focuses on varies from the highly contested landscape of the Middle East to key military, industrial and agricultural sites in the United Kingdom. The unsettling viewpoint of the camera induces a sense of vertigo, lifting us above the landscape, ever further away from the ground and our own embodied experience.

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QAG WATERMALL LEVEL
Gallery 6 Henry & Amanda Bartlett Gallery