Exhibition

Another Day Lost

11 Jul 2015 – 25 Jul 2015

Event times

St. James’s Church, Piccadilly | Mon – Sat: 9am – 6pm, Sun: 1pm – 6pm
Central Books | Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm
Heath Street Baptist Church | Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
10 Golborne Road | Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
Goethe-Institut London | Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 7pm, Sun: 8.30am – 5pm

Cost of entry

Free

Goethe-Institut London

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • South Kensington

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Another Day Lost is a series of installations across five sites, inspired by and based on the Syrian refugee crisis, by Syrian-born, UK-based artist, Issam Kourbaj.

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These installations resemble ‘camps’ constructed out of waste materials, such as medicine packaging and discarded books. The ‘tents’ are marked with Kourbaj’s distinctive black lines, based on Arabic calligraphy and traditional mourning ribbons, and encircled with a ‘fence’ of used matches. On the first day of the festival, there will be 1,579 matches in every ‘fence’, and another match will be added for every day of the exhibition, resulting in a total of 1593 matches by the end of two weeks on display. Each match represents a day lost since the beginning of the Syrian uprising.

The sites are scattered around London, mapping out and loosely reflecting the geographic pattern of refugee presence outside the borders of Syria. The installations at Goethe-Institut London and St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, roughly relate to the locations of camps along Syria’s southern border; Central Books in East London correlates to the cities of northern Iraq; 10 Golborne Road represents Lebanon; and Heath Street Church, Hampstead, approximates the location of camps in Turkey.

Locations

  • St. James’s Church, Piccadilly | Mon – Sat: 9am – 6pm, Sun: 1pm – 6pm
  • Central Books | Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm
  • Heath Street Baptist Church | Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
  • 10 Golborne Road | Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
  • Goethe-Institut London | Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 7pm, Sun: 8.30am – 5pm

Issam Kourbaj in conversation with curator Louisa Macmillan: 22 July | 6.30pm | St James’s Church

Supported by Goethe-Institut London and UNHCR

 

Issam Kourbaj

Issam Kourbaj trained at the Institute of Fine Arts, Damascus. Since 1990, he has lived in Cambridge and is Christ’s College Artist in Residence. His work has been widely exhibited and, in 2008, a collection of his sketches Sound Palimpsest (some inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh and others by language, war and memory) was acquired by the British Museum and exhibited in their Iraq’s Past Speaks to the Present exhibition, run in parallel with their major 2008-2009 exhibition Babylon: Myth and Reality. The Museum also featured Issam’s work in their 2011exhibition: Modern Syrian art at the British Museum.

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