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Suspended Together, Manal al-Dowayan
Jawad Al Malhi
Measures of Uncertainty VI, Jawad Al Malhi
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Nation Estate – Manger Square, Larissa Sansour
Larissa-Sansour_Olive-Tree
Nation Estate – Olive Tree, Larissa Sansour
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Mixed Water, Lebanon, Israel, Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros
Mohammed Said Baalbaki_2
Heap , Mohammed Said Baalbaki
Mona-Hatoum-3-web
Infinity, Mona Hatoum
Khaled-Jarrar
Volleyball, Khaled Jarrar
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Cactus, Asim Abu Shakra
Adel-Abidin
Memorial, Adel Abidin
Youssef-Nabil
You Never Left, Youssef Nabil
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Responses to an Immigration Request from One Hundred and Ninety Four Governments, Raafat Ishak

24 July 2015

The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Borrower: The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Borrower’s Website: www.agakhanmuseum.org

Loan duration: 23 July 2015 – 3 January 2016

 

Home Ground

The connection one feels to place is an abstract notion, often spoken of in terms of memories, habits, rituals, and experiences. It is elusive, yet always present. Home Ground addresses the struggles associated with navigating geo-political barriers, and explores ways in which identity is shaped by one’s relationship with a particular geography. The works presented in this exhibition have relevance beyond their individual contexts, touching upon themes and experiences that resonate on a global scale.

The idea for the exhibition was derived from the ancient Greek legend of Sisyphus, which tells the story of a mortal who was condemned by the gods to an eternity of pushing a heavy boulder uphill, only to watch it roll down each time it reached the top. Like Sisyphus, the artists in this exhibition are in the process of striving – for an ability to remain in place, for the rights to travel, to emigrate, to return, or to feel at home. When their efforts are not successful they, in time, attempt again. The experiences are both challenging predicaments and processes
 full of hope.