Pieces from exile
A group exhibition with Jaber Al Azmeh, Houmam Alsayed, Hamid Souleiman, Lens Homsi, Ayham Majid Agha, Kaan Wafi and Wiam Simav Bedirxan.
Curated by Rik Watkinson and Khaled Kurbeh.
Arranged as a square, the 25 unique screen-printed covers of the LP, are building the centre of the exhibition. The covers show an image that is related to a historical source: a late medieval tile-panel from Damascus now to be found at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Certainly, more important than this reference is the actual situation in Syria, by which the cover concept becomes politically charged. On the onehand,it's about relics transferred or “exiled” fragments of a threatened and destroyed culture and community – on the other hand it's about the shaping of a new kind of context. while the original image in the museum has gaps, this design proves to be completed.
The presentation of the record is accompanied by additional works of Syrian artists Jaber Al Azmeh, Wiam Simav Bedirxan and more. Parallel to Pieces From Exile was another exhibition titled “Behind The Appearences” presenting works by Vera Lehndorff and Holger Trulzsch.
All financial proceeds from the project were donated to the Syrian civil rescue organization The White Helmets.
From 12 September through 31 October 2015
Opening, 11 September 2016, 6pm