FRAGMENTS / BRUCHSTÜCKE, installation view Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2017-2018. Photo by Fred Dott
In his primarily sculptural works, Rayyane Tabet (*1983 Achkout, lives and works in Beirut) explores the connection between minor histories and major events through form and material. He blends official accounts with personal stories to draw attention to unknown narratives. The exhibition BRUCHSTÜCKE / FRAGMENTS, for the first time, brings together works of a research and exhibition project that evolved via stops in Marrakesh, Paris, Berlin, Rotterdam and Beirut, and will come to a preliminary end in the Department of Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2019.
Tabet’s activities resemble those of an archaeologist, as he reconstructs the material remains of the Tell Halaf temple, makes rubbings of basalt stones, assembles carpet fragments and military tents. The theme of this project is to be read in parallel to the migration movements and the turmoil of war in present-day Syria. Against the background of a historical coincidence, Tabet abstracted and transformed personal memories to analyze complex geopolitical relations. Cultural exchange and trade are taken into account as much as past and present conflicts and entanglements.
In collaboration with the Berliner Künstlerprogramm – Artists-in-Berlin program – of the DAAD, a comprehensive publication on the project and the exhibition will be published by KAPH Books, Beirut, in April 2018.