Thursday, April 21, 2011

Installation of My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on pain, the upcoming exhibition by Al Fadhil & Aissa Deebi

ALB team member Rola Khayyat and Al Fadhil

Aissa Deebi (l) Rola Khayyat (m) Al Fadhil (r)

Aissa Deebi

all photos © 2011 Aissa Deebi

Friday, April 15, 2011

Artists in Dialog: Al Fadhil & Aissa Deebi
My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain
29 April - 26 June, 2011, Fri - Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment
Opening: Thursday 28 April, 2011 8PM

Round table discussion Al Tahrir: The Day After, 1 May, 2011, 3PM

Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition project Artists in Dialog: My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain on 28 April.

The exhibition, the third in our ongoing series Artists in Dialog, is a discoursive dialog between the Iraqi Swiss artist Al Fadhil and the Palestinian-American artist Aissa Deebi, and explores the complex ties between the personal and the political in the theme of loss.

My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain was first conceived 2005 by the artists during a common artist residency in Taiwan. Both artists had lost brothers in respective conflicts in their countries of origin. Al Fadhil has lost two brothers to the wars in Iraq. Aissa Deebi's younger brother Nasim died in Israeli police custody in 1999. The medical report labeled the death a suicide, something the artist and his family dispute.

Al Fadhil, Saddam Hussein with the Artist's Father, March, 26 1983, 2011

The exhibition focuses on both the artists' personal experience of loss and the cultural aspects of mourning and grief: Fadhil comes from a Shiite Iraqi family, whilst Deebi is Greek Orthodox. By means of photography, video and installation the exhibition will explore the three deaths and their political and historical context.

Aissa Deebi, Fish Hill, flip photography, digital print, 2011

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Special Thanks from the artists and Art Laboratory Berlin to:

Makboula Nassar, photography assistant, Haifa
Osama Daoud, Project manger and producer, Cairo
Rasha Hillwi, Editor, Ramalah
Katie Siman, research assistant, Haifa
Samlan Natour, Writer, Haifa
Bruce Ferguson, Dean of Huss at the American University in Cairo