Long ago, and not true anyway

Group exhibition with Slavs and Tatars, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Rabih Mroué, Mekhitar Garabedian

waterside contemporary, 2013
Curated with Jaime Davis
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, The Lebanese Rocket Society: A Carpet, 2012
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Your Country Doesn’t Exist - Do It Yourself (UK), 2013
Slavs and Tatars, Self-Management Body, 2013
Rabih Mroué, Shooting Images, 2013
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Your Country Doesn’t Exist (copper stamp), 2013
Mekhitar Garabedian, MG, 2006

National mythologies meet personal anecdotes, official fact mixes with subjective creation, and an opportunity arises to consider the role of fiction in the constitution of prevailing world order. Migration and exchange go hand in hand with globalisation; in parallel, conflict has led to movement of millions across borders. with surprising speed, communities emerge whose individual heritage has no intrinsic affinity to that of their neighbours’.

If ‘multiculturalism has failed’, such blending of identities, as participated in by the mixed-heritage native, refugee or economic migrant, cannot be thought of as only a matter of individual experience. instead, the sum total of the unlikely stories is the very foundation of any society’s mythology, and we are today participating in the creation of memory for future generations.