Ingrid Hora, Positions for leading, 2013, ink-jet print, 18 7/8 x 26 3/8".

Ingrid Hora

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Ingrid Hora, Positions for leading, 2013, ink-jet print, 18 7/8 x 26 3/8".

A photograph of the torso of a modestly dressed woman greeted us in the vestibule of “Dear Leader,” Ingrid Hora’s elegant solo debut in Dubai. Titled Positions for leading, 2013, it shows the Berlin-based Italian artist facing the camera and making a determined gesture with both hands—elbows jut out, arms come back in toward the chest, palms face into the body, thumbs press against two fingers. The terse gesture, that of a conductor at the beginning of a performance, is an apt introduction to Hora’s practice, which can be characterized as an ongoing investigation of orchestration and choreography as not just artistic acts but social and political phenomena, technologies for exercising control, eliciting devotion, and envisioning utopias.

Why do people follow, whether the latest fashion trend or an all-powerful leader? What compels them to accept instruction, to act en masse?

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