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Chromophobic in Dubai

In 2000, artist, writer and tutor at the Royal College of Art released the book Chromophobia – a study of attitudes to colour in Western art, society and philosophy. Batchelor’s own art often involves repurposed materials in intensely bright and saturated colours, toying with colour’s  capacity to affect perception and similarly to be affected or moulded by our gaze. Feeding from and into his practice, the central argument of Chromophobia is that a chromophobic impulse – a fear of corruption or contamination through colour – lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought. This is apparent in the many and varied attempts to purge colour, either by making it the property of some ‘foreign body’ – the oriental, the feminine, the infantile, the vulgar, or the pathological – or by relegating it to the realm of the superficial, the supplementary, the inessential, or the cosmetic. David Batchelor Dubai gallery, Isabelle Van Den Eynde, opens an exhibition on 19 June by artists Abdelkader Benchamma and Jessica Mein titled Chromophobia. A nod to Batchelor’s study, both artists explore public visual culture and …