The Shan Pipe Band learns the Star-Spangled Banner, 2004
Shan Pipe Band learns the Star-Spangled Banner
Haines Gallery is pleased to introduce a new series of exhibitions in our Project Space featuring emerging artists. The first artist in this series is Bani Abidi, a Pakistan based video artist who seeks to address issues of national and cultural identity in relation to the history of Pakistan and India's partition as well as the broad impact of American culture and power in a global context.
The video projection on view entitled "The Shan Pipe Band learns the Star-Spangled Banner" (2004) documents a Pakistani brass pipe band struggling to learn the American national anthem. The artist describes the work as follows: "In November of 2003, I commissioned a brass pipe band in Lahore to learn how to play the American National Anthem, a piece that was not a part of their existing repertoire. Over an afternoon's sitting of listening to a recording of the music that had been provided them, and after much fumbling and practicing they were able to perform a version of it. The video is a recording of this process as well as a glimpse of their interaction and physical surroundings. This piece is a metaphor for all forms of clumsy and forced cultural and political acquiescence that various individuals and governments have had to display towards the US in the past 3 years. The Scottish Pipe Band is a colonial legacy that still exists in Pakistan. Now, unattached to the military these band musicians play Indian music tunes at weddings."
Bani Abidi was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1971. She graduated from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan in 1994. She received her master's degree in 1999 from the Art Institute of Chicago. Abidi has been included in exhibitions worldwide in "Beyond Borders, Art from Pakistan" at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India; the Third Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; the 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia; and the 2006 Singapore Biennial.
Exhibition: September 7 - October 14, 2006
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