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23 Apr 2011

Artists in Dialog. Al Fadhil & Aissa Deebi at Art Laboratory Berlin

' Saddam Hussein with the Artist's Father, March 26,1983, © 2011 Al Fadhil

My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain
Art Laboratory Berlin


29 April - 26 June2011
Friday - Sunday 2-6PM Opening 28 April, 2011, 8PM Roundtable Al Tahrir:
The Day After, Sunday 1 May , 3PM


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Art Laboratory Berlin
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13359 Berlin

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Art Laboratory Berlin is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition project Artists in Dialog: My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain on 28 April.

The exhibition, the third in our ongoing series Artists in Dialog, is a discoursive dialog between the Iraqi Swiss artist Al Fadhil and the Palestinian-American artist Aissa Deebi, and explores the complex ties between the personal and the political in the theme of loss.

My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain was first conceived by the artists during a common artist residency in Taiwan. Both artists had lost brothers in respective conflicts in their countries of origin. Al Fadhil has lost two brothers to the wars in Iraq. One brother died in the Iran-Iraq war. Fadhil's father, as the parent of a 'martyr,' were granted an audience with the dictator Saddam Hussein, which was documented with a photograph.

adhil's younger brother Ahmed was killed during the civil war that followed the American invasion of Iraq. After his death, Fadhil was contacted by Jason Sagebiel, an American soldier who had known Ahmed. Sagebiel is also a musician, who learned to play the traditional Arabic Oud during his stay in the city of Kut, Iraq, and composed a a musical homage. Fadhil will include a series of documentations, the photographs of his father with Saddam Hussein, Sagebiel's song, photographs of the family home by his younger brother Ahmed in the exhibition.

Aissa Deebi's younger brother Nasim died in Israeli police custody in 1999. The medical report labeled the death a suicide, something the artist and his family dispute. Deebi's works in the exhibition will trace this event and document his brother's life.

The exhibition focuses on both the artists' personal experience of loss and the cultural aspects of mourning and grief: Fadhil comes from a Shiite Iraqi family, whilst Deebi is Greek Orthodox. Yet all three deaths have taken place within the political and historical context of conflict.

My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain seeks to locate the personal within the larger historical and social currents that often overwhelm our lives.

Al Fadhil is an artist working in multimedia and performance. He is based in Lugano and Berlin. Aissa Deebi is a new media artist and currently director of visual arts at he American University in Cairo.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of PROHELVETIA , The American University in Cairo, degewo and fotoscout.