Aya Haidar: Out Of Service

27 Sep 2019 – 27 Oct 2019

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12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

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Cubitt Gallery

London, United Kingdom

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Out Of Service presents a new commission by London-based Lebanese artist Aya Haidar.


Haidar produces embroidery work on found textiles relating to home, diaspora, memory and imagination, collaboration around shared concerns is a key part of her practice.

New work has been developed over a 9-month period through conversations, workshops and time spent with campaign groups, community organisers and cultural workers all working with a focus on domestic and immaterial labour.

Installed at Cubitt are a series of embroidered works all made in Haidar’s home, sewn onto dusters, muslin cloths and bin liners. Working with textiles in this way, as ‘home productions’, produces discrete pieces that work to counter the nostalgic notion of the ‘domestic.’ Instead, Out of Service positions the domestic as a political site and its proximity for Haidar to artistic work, to affect, repetition, care work, paid/unpaid, cleaning, parenting, the working body.

The leaks, spills, stains, invisible work, workers, bodies and their movements, the anecdotes of Haidar and others, have been recorded, stitched and presented. These serve as a partial-portrait of domestic space as work place, office, studio, nursery; where one lives, works, socialises, leaves.

Out of Service continues Cubitt’s Structures That Cooperate programme, a 15 month series of exhibitions, events, workshops and research departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers.

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