On Thursday 11th of October, MMAG Foundation opened its doors for an exhibition curated by Alejandra Labastida. The exhibition is different from most exhibitions in Jordan. Filled with videos made by different artists and videographers, a story of Playing Innocent unfolds. The videos being displayed throughout this space are documentations of actions, each with its own message and audience. They are not formal nor professional documentations. What you will see when entering—as said by Labastida herself—are only documentations of moments, they may not be interesting, but the actions are the main interest of this exhibition.

Scenes from Playing Innocent exhibition

Most visitors walking through the gallery are confused. They assumed that the videos would, in some way, connect to one another. The photographer took pictures of people, and when asked what their reaction was, he said “they were confused like me.” An American visitor was impressed by the gallery space itself but was overwhelmed by the videos and discussed them with other guests to catch the main goal.

Scenes from Playing Innocent exhibition

There was a mixture of nationalities who though this gallery was able to express diversity in the region. A Canadian artist shared her thoughts about how “Artists take advantage of the flaws in the system to expose it.”

Labastida’s main goal was to depict the possibilities of resisting the system. If a person is not happy with the system, they should change. Even if they were part of a party that is not satisfying the community as whole, it is possible to resist and cause a change.

Scenes from Playing Innocent exhibition

One of the videos displayed shows a girl at her day job. Her coworkers are workaholics and always have something to do. However, the woman is depicted doing nothing but sitting around, and as the video plays, it is shown how this drives the coworkers crazy because she is not being part of the norm.

Scenes from Playing Innocent exhibition

The exhibition leaves its viewers in a state of wonder. They are left wondering what the messages the artists as well as the curators are trying to send, With a single recurring theme of  overpowering the system, this might just be the tip of the iceberg. 

All images courtesy of MMAG Foundation


Ahmad Al Daoud
Ahmad Al Daoud

I am 16 year old attending King's Academy. I intend to major in film making and multimedia journalism. I have always incorporated art in any way possible because I admire it and hope to give it a bigger platform.

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