Opening Reception January 8, 2014 at 7-9pm
The exhibition “Scattered, Gathered” strikes viewers with a sense of being suspended between pages of affectivity. While the relationship with books is both a public and private one, similarly, the relationship with grief is one that is at the verge of expressing to the outside and keeping to one’s self. On the one hand, Issam Kourbaj’s visual diaries are superimposed on 10,232 pages of Twelve Volumes of The Encyclopedia Britannica of 1890, and on the other hand, Nizar Sabour’s visual essays are created on eighteen handmade wooden books ” The Book: Guardian, of Death and Life”. Still, both diaries reside between the tensions of the imaginary; those of space and time.
Proceeds from this exhibition will go towards Al Madad Foundation’s education and literacy programs, on the ground in Aleppo Syria. By equipping Syria’s most vulnerable children and families with the right tools and necessary skills, Al Madad Foundation enables them to rebuild their lives, country and empower a future generation that will not be lost to war.
Exhibition will continue until February 8, 2014
Visual Improvisation Workshop
Syrian British artist Issam Kourbaj, Artist in Residence at Christ’s College, Cambridge university, and since 1990, Fine Art Lecturer at Cambridge School of Visual and Performance Arts, will lead a two days workshop with young artists in Kuwait under the title “Visual Improvisation” to explore and make small scale sculptures/installations, out of conventional and unconventional materials. The workshop will allow the artists to play with the possibilities of space, scale, light and shadows.
Please bring your (fully charged) mobiles with you as part of the experiment.
For registration and more information please contact : Info@capkuwait.com