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I Know Something About Love

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2011
Published by: Parasol unit/Koenig Books, London
Year published: 2011
Number of pages: 95
ISBN: 978-3-86560-980-9

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Published by Parasol unit/Koenig Books, London, this was the catalogue for I Know Something About Love, an exhibition curated by Ziba Ardalan and held  at Parasol unit, London. The exhibition featured work by Shirin Neshat, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Yang Fudong. The following extracts come from the exhibition’s press release:

“This exhibition at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art was devoted to works by Yang Fudong, Shirin Neshat, Christodoulos Panayiotou and Yinka Shonibare MBE. Each of these artists explores the theme of love in different times and cultures through the spectrum of their personal experience, observation and commentary. The exhibition title takes its cue from a 1960s song written by Bert Berns and performed by The Exciters, in which there is the recurring lyric, ‘I know something about love’.
Yinka Shonibare MBE re-created the installation ‘Jardin d’amour’ (Garden of Love), which he originally showed in 2007 at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, albeit in a different configuration. In this work Shonibare applies a playfully political perspective to his exploration of the theme of love in the eighteenth-century Rococo period in France.
The Chinese artist, Yang Fudong used the medium of moving image to explore the theme of love in one of his early works, the 3-channel video installation ‘Flutter, Flutter… Jasmine, Jasmine, 2002’. In it, Yang Fudong – known for his critical view on contemporary life in the rapidly changing society in China – looks into the private world of a young Chinese couple.
Shirin Neshat examined the theme of love through the lenses of gender, as probably established and enforced since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. In her two-channel video work, ‘Fervor, 2000’, Iranian artist Neshat seems not only to highlight the frustration and helplessness of Iranian women in this new paradigm, but also to demonstrate how the negative view of love within the revolutionary culture affects natural human feelings.
‘Slow dance marathon, 2005’, by Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou, explored the social construction of love through pop music and the form of slow dancing. In this video documentation of a 24 hour long performance, a human chain is formed by strangers who slow dance to the music of well-known love songs.”

The publication was edited by Ziba Ardalan.

Contents as follows:

Several pages of quotes about love, such as Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better. William Shakespeare, and poems such as How do I love thee?, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Contents page

Foreword, by Ziba Ardalantt

Shirin Neshat, several pages of plates, followed by text on Neshat credited as follows: Arthur C. Danto, Shirin Neshat, BOMB 73/Fall 2000, ART.

Christodoulos Panayiotourom, several pages of plates, followed by uncredited text on Panayiotourom

Essay, The Journey of Love, by Ziba Ardalan

Yinka Shonibare, MBE, several pages of plates, followed by uncredited text on Shonibare

Yang Fudong, several pages of plates, followed by uncredited text on Fudong

Essay, The Great Transformation of Love and the Emergence of Marriage Markets, by Eva Illouz

List of Works in the Exhibition



(Colour plates throughout, with the exception of Neshat’s work, which are monochrome photographs.)

Related people

»  Yang Fudong

Born, 1971 in Beijing, China

»  Shirin Neshat

Born, 1957 in Kaswin/Qazvin, Iran

»  Christodoulos Panayiotou

Born, 1978 in Cyprus

»  Yinka Shonibare MBE CBE RA

Born, 1962 in London, England

Related exhibitions

»  I Know Something About Love

Group show at Parasol unit. 2011

»  Jardin d’amour

Solo show at Musée du quai Branly. 2007

Related venues

»  Musée du quai Branly

Paris, France

»  Parasol unit

London, United Kingdom