18 September – 13 December 2015
Chisenhale Gallery presents the first UK solo exhibition by the Berlin- and Jerusalem-based artist, Jumana Manna. The exhibition comprises a newly commissioned feature-length film, A magical substance flows into me (2015), presented alongside an installation of sculptures.
Manna’s moving image work explores the ways in which power is articulated through relationships—from expressions of masculinity in working-class East Jerusalem, to the particular bond between athlete and coach, or the diplomatic role that Norway played in the Oslo Peace Accords. With her sculptures, she investigates the historical and political resonance of materials and the physical relationships between objects and bodies, drawing from sources including archaeological artifacts, car mechanics and the cultural symbolism of modernist architecture.
In her new film, Manna explores the different musical traditions of myriad communities living in and around Jerusalem, drawing on her research into the German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann (1892–1939) and his work in Palestine. The film follows Manna’s exchanges with musicians as she encounters them in their homes and places of work and worship. The provisional architectures of these private performance settings are developed through a sculptural installation, which also functions as seating for viewers in the gallery.