Re/visions

Hanaa El Degham, Jeanno Gaussi, Manaf Halbouni, Soudade Kaadan

Exhibition opening: Friday, 18 September, 6 – 9 PM
and Filmscreening Obscure (2017) by Soudade Kaadan at 7 PM

(please make a reservation for the film: coordination.artlab.berlin.de@gmail.com)

Manaf Halbouni, 2020.

Art-Lab Berlin is pleased to announce the second exhibition of the long-term project Where Have All the Jasmines Gone. The exhibition Re/visions presents the works of four artists and filmmakers whose work address different aspects of re-thinking and re-constructing in the aftermath of conflict. During the upheavals of the past decades large number of people have found themselves faced with the need to find ways to cope with life changing events, to find the strength to re-build a life in a strange environment, to re-create networks of friends, colleagues and family. From a personal angle, reflecting the artists’ own experiences and engagement, the works explore themes such as shifting cultural environments, revolutionary ideals, migration, flight and trauma.

In her installation The Body of Osiris, Hanaa El Dagham applies the ancient Egyptian legend of the goddess Isis’ search for the body of her husband Osiris as a metaphor for her own and her generation’s search for Egypt’s soul and the attempt to understand the post-revolutionary condition of her country of origin. In a new work produced for this exhibition, Jeanno Gaussi reflects on the items one choses to carry along when fleeing violence or searching for a new life. Manaf Halbouni explores the leftovers of cultural expression and the liminal states between different ideologies and their effects on human beings caught in between.

Performance 26 September, at 6 PM and 7 PM
Viral Revolutions: Rushes from an Unfinished Domino
By Kaveh Ghaemi, Clara Andres, Iman Ganji and Noël Labridy
(please make a reservation: coordination.artlab.berlin.de@gmail.com)

By using the metaphor of contagion, performance and video artists Kaveh Ghaemi, Iman Ganji and Clara Andres explore how revolutionary movements around the world are connected and spread through inspirational drive. In a special film screening, we will present Soudade Kaadan’s film Obscure. The film offers a sensitive portrait of a small Syrian boy in a Lebanese refugee camp, who has chosen silence and sleep in order to deal with the trauma of war and exile. Individual and collective Syrian memories emerge as we follow Ahmad in his daily life and witness the attempts of his mother and therapist to find alternative ways to communicate with him.

Exhibition dates:
19 September – 4 Oktober
Friday – Sunday, 4 – 7 PM

Safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Please note that access to the exhibition is subject to certain safety measures. We kindly ask all our guests to wear a mask and to keep the required distance of 1.5 m.

Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.