Bani Abidi, Shan Pipe Band Learns The Star Spangled Banner, 2004

About the Exhibition

SHIFT explores how music changes in form and interpretation as it moves across time, bodies, and place. Folk songs are used for propaganda, pop hits are deployed as tools of torture, and cultural origins are erased – or reinvested – in particular songs, instruments, and genres. At the same time, music can also become a site of play, serendipity, and healing. This exhibition combines video, sound, and photography to transform the museum’s galleries into a unique choral mélange. The exhibiting artists for SHIFT include: Bani Abidi, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Tony Cokes, Jeremy Deller, Hassan Hajjaj, Sven Johne, Andre Lützen, Cecil McDonald Jr., Emeka Ogboh, and Taryn Simon. This exhibition is produced in collaboration between Goethe-Institut Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, held on-site at the museum. 

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