Please join us on Friday, June 3rd at 7 pm for the opening of the exhibition Lost
Mohammad Said Baalbaki: Wadi Abou Jmil, Lithography (2012 – 2014)
Yasser Safi: Selected engravings (2013, 2015)
Mohammad Said Baalbaki: Wadi Abou Jmil
June 4 – 5, Sat – Sun 2 – 7 p.m. (during the art festival “Ortstermin“)
June 10 – 12, Fri – Sun 4 – 7 p.m.
What does one leave behind when fleeing a war, a conflict or an unbearable situation? A feeling of home and familiarity, the knowledge of places, the physical links to cherished memories. But often enough, all of these have been contaminated with horrors witnessed or experienced. And once the urgency of building a new life in a new place has lessened, memories tend to take over and demand attention.
The title of the exhibition refers to this transitory feeling of dealing with loss and trauma, of needing to re-claim a life for oneself. The two artists share such experiences and address them in their work. Said Baalbaki’s project Wadi Abou Jmil is both an homage and an orbituary to the area he grew up in as a child of an internally displaced family during the Lebanese Civil War (1975 – 1990). The area has been changed beyond recognition in the brutal re-construction of Beirut, its social fabric torn apart, its old buildings destroyed. The fragility of the human body stands at the centre in Yaser Safi’s images. Safi who recently moved to Berlin from Syria via Beirut draws distorted figures, destroyed bodies and grotesque-looking figures in groups or standing alone. They convey an atmosphere of tension and danger, of an unknown menace lurking somewhere that occasionally breaks through and shows its ugly face.
Yaser Safi, Untitled, 2015