On the occasion of this year’s Kulturefestival Wedding-Moabit we are showing the project “Constriction” by Salah Saouli.
The exhibition “Constriction” seeks to address conditions of confinements and restriction as they are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives. As the visitors move through the exhibition space, they are confronted with situations that generate feelings of discomfort and open up questions about the world as we perceive it.
The first room presents a large object floating in the air. Consisting of hundreds of wooden parts, it forms an organic structure that is pressed into the narrow space of a room that is too small for its proportions, thereby creating a sense of confinement and intimidation. The visitors are obliged to move in the narrow space around the object, their freedom of action being severely restricted, just like the almost room-filling object.
Moving into the second room, the visitor is confronted with a tower-like structure. Sounds and images are emanating from it, yet their sources remain hidden, only to be guessed at when one moves around the object.
Salah Saouli was born in Beirut and lives and works in Berlin. He studied fine arts at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (now University of Art Berlin – UdK).
He received several grants and residiencies, e.g. 1987 a residency at the Chelsea School of Art, London; 1989 a six-months research residency in Caracas, Venezuela; 1995 -1996 a residency grant at Künstlerdorf Schöppingen; 2004 artist residency at the “Nagoya University of Arts”, Japan; 2007 residency at Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney, Australia.
Prizes: 1997 Honor prize of the 3rd International Biennial of Sharjah, UAE; 2006 1st Prize of “Blickachse Kunstpreis”, Worms, Germany.
“Constriction“ is presented in the frame of the FORUM for new arab art: The FORUM is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that seeks to follow new developments and approaches in contemporary visual practice in the Arab countries. It presents a series of events throughout the year, such as exhibitions, video and film screenings, performances and artists’ talks.