Chromotheraputic lights by Wafaa Bilal illuminate evening screen
Showing evenings through January.
Beginning Nov. 1, The Cabell Screen presents “The Things I Could Tell…” an offshoot from artist Wafaa Bilal’s exhibition on view at the Anderson. The screen will illuminate the Compass with chromotheraputic colors from sunset to sunrise during November and December. The evening shows will go dark during exam study days as the semester wanes.
“The Things I Could Tell…” collapses perceived cultural and historical distances by locating insights first made during the Islamic Golden Age within current psychiatric practices of chromotherapy—specifically, as it concerns the treatment of trauma within the contemporary cultural landscape.
From the artist, describing the gallery installation: In “The Things I Could Tell…” chromotherapy becomes a point of departure for an installation that address the precarious nature of recovery in the aftermath of war. In a nearly empty room, the only source of light glows from behind a blank freestanding wall of monumental size, tipped perilously against the corner. Viewers to the installation select the temperature of light from a spectrum of colors to suit their mood as they explore. The colors range from deep-sea tones and emerald green to angry red, suffusing the space with an impermeable palette that reflects a subconscious state.”
“The Things I Could Tell…” is part of a suite of exhibitions presented in collaboration with the 2017 Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art. VCUarts is a co-sponsor of this seventh biennial symposium, Nov. 2-4 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The work showing on the Cabell Screen was commissioned by Artpace, San Antonio, 2015. The exhibition is on view from Nov. 1 through Jan. 6, 2018 at the Anderson, 907 1/2 West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public opening reception will be held on Friday, November 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.Categories Community, News, Qatar