Design of Necessity by the Syrian artist Khaled Barakeh highlights human resilience in wartime. Using a socially engaged art practice as methodology, Barakeh is engaging Syrian siege survivors and Syrians living in deportation and asylum centers in Denmark. The exhibition takes artistic inspiration from stories exploring Syrians’ determination to stay alive as a collective act that forged networks of solidarity and compassion. Design of Necessity offers a space to explore new possibilities for common understanding and solidarity among the victims of war crimes, past and present.
The sculptural works in Design of Necessity depict the creative, everyday practices that Syrians developed with ordinary objects under siege, living in cellars, shelters, and barren hiding places. To heat up food and boil water, Syrians fixed shards of broken glass to the inside of satellite dishes to harness and concentrate the sun’s rays. Confined underground, they learned to grow mushrooms, which flourish even in minimal conditions and which became a crucial source of nutrition.
Design of Necessity exhibits satellite dishes installed on Maria Kirkeplads, containers of mushrooms growing in the church space, and a series of documentary materials displayed until the end of September.
In Design of Necessity, art is an open platform for sharing memory, practicing solidarity, and reenacting resilience in the name of justice for Syrians, and for all people suffering under siege and starvation.
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