Artwork by Fadi Aljabour
During the quarantine time, mainly during the first month, when information about the new virus was vague and inaccurate, Fadi Aljabour committed to staying home avoiding the interaction with people. The only available option to get out of this isolation for Fadi Aljabour and for the inhabitants of the neighbourhood was spending time near Weißensee in the nearby of Fadi Aljabour’s apartment. He has been used to walk there from time to time. Fadi Aljabour noticed many times a group of people at a certain place near the lake standing around a huge nest with a white swan laying on its top in a dead silence. A dead silence that corresponds to the quietness that prevails over the place due to social distancing. There was a kind of eye communication among people. It was like a silent dialogue that meets the need to share this moment and its feelings with others. Fadi Aljabour noticed that this episode was always occurring there despite the different people who are in the scene. These extraordinary circumstances created an opportunity to re-establish some of our forgotten communication skills, which have been no longer significant in the contemporary rhythm of our lives.
The print is a part of the Through Solidarity, We Survive initiative by CoCulture, Berlin, and is produced a limited edition of ten prints for Oslo World Festival. The art work is presented in Fotogalleriet's webshop as a part of the institution's collaboration with Oslo World Festival.
About the Artist
Fadi Aljabour who was born in 1980 in Damascus lives and works in Berlin. Fadi Aljabour graduated from the Institute of Applied Arts in Syria in the field of sculpture. His artwork has been exhibited internationally in group exhibitions at Sophiensäle, Berlin (2019); Schloss Holdenstedt, Uelzen (2019); Academy of the Arts, Berlin (2018); Station Gallery, Beirut (2018); Herbstsalon Gorki Theater, Berlin (2017); Art gallery of the Deutsche Bank, Berlin (2013); P21 Gallery, London (2013); Schwules Museum, Berlin (2013); Sculpture Symposium, Amman (2010); Sculpture symposium, Almonecar Spain (2008).