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‘Imploded, burnt, turned to ash’ by Issam Kourbaj

Join us along with Kettle’s Yard and The Heong Gallery for a live streamed drawing and sound performance by Syrian-born, local artist Issam Kourbaj. The performance marks the tenth anniversary of the Syrian uprising – a crisis that resulted in violent armed conflict and ongoing civil war. The stream takes place on Monday 15 March at 5pm.

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The performance will begin with Kourbaj drawing fragments of Arabic words and eye idols on a large surface in layers, repeating and obscuring them.

The words are inspired by the teenage graffiti that sparked the Syrian uprising in March 2011, and the eye idols are based on Don't Wash Your Hands: Neither Light Agrees To Enter The Eyes Nor Air The Lungs display which is currently housed in Gallery 22. The final drawing will then be burnt, with the ash being placed in a glass box as a memorial to victims of the ongoing crisis.

If you want to find out more about Issam's display in Gallery 22, listen to our podcast.

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Thursday 11 March 2021