A Matter of Loss and Life
Edward Said wrote, "Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. ...The achievements of exile are permanently undermined by the loss of something left behind". (2000:173)
This exhibition explores representations of loss, life and death and how they can be placed in the same frame when thinking about migration and displacement. Through my creative practice, and particularly, curation, I addressed questions of trauma, remembering and forgetting. The curation of objects of memory fosters contemplation and engagement in an attempt to represent the intangible nature of absence. My endeavor draws attention to the catastrophic effects of exile and dislocation that continue relentlessly on a global scale.