Issam Kourbaj, has been creating one of the most powerful installations at Kettle’s Yard as part of the exhibition Actions. The image of the world can be different. In ‘I will be here’ every day Kourbaj pins to the wall in Kettle’s Yard a copied page from his expired Syrian passports, each stamped with the word CANCELLED.
Coinciding with his work here is an installation in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.
On 12 March 2018, from 9am-1pm, Kourbaj will publicly install Dark Water, Burning World on the floor of King’s College Chapel. Dark Water, Burning World is an installation of 1,000 miniature boats made from recycled bicycle mudguards, jam-packed with upright spent matches. Smaller versions of this installation have been touring around the UK and in New York, this will be the largest version to date.
The installation will remain in the Chapel until 15 March – the 7th anniversary of the Syrian uprising, when Kourbaj will publicly deinstall it by midday and replace it with seven candles at the Chapel altar, marking 7 years lost to the Syrian conflict.
Days after this, on 17 March, Kourbaj will make a live artwork at Kettle’s Yard, also marking the seven years of conflict in Syria.
To coincide there will be an event at King’s College Chapel on the evening of 12 March including liturgy, music and poetry, click here for more information.