By Mohammed Al Shammarey
12 February to 10 March 2013
Mohammed Shammarey launches his latest exhibition ‘Paper Boats’ at Jacaranda Images with a multifaceted exhibition of prints, book art and video installation as part of the Institut Francais ‘Image Festival #3’.
The reference to the paper boats extends beyond childhood games and dreams to the prevalent issue of immigration where boats were the earliest mode of transport for early immigrants from Europe and Africa to the USA either by choice or forced. The exhibition is somewhat biographical as Shammarey has himself immigrated to the USA to flee the ‘bleeding homeland’ of Iraq, a decision which leaves a ‘hollow feeling of deep uprooting’.
This work is more than his own story though and alludes to the business of immigration involving those desperately escaping persecution and who travel in barely seaworthy vessels, often paying dearly for the risks associated with such a journey or those who profit from the immigration business of refugees, even extending to mail order brides.
Shammarey has been known to hide behind satirical statements like ‘Artwork is some sort of game’ and in this exhibition he takes the concept of the game of a flimsy paper boat, destined for one trip down a stream, and reveals a complex array of ideas with far reaching consequences for those who play it.
- 'X RAY
MIKE V. DERDERIAN
- 'CIRQUE DU HABALEENO
GHASSAN GHAIB WITH SCULPTURES BY AHMED AL BAHRANI
- 'HANINE (NOSTALGIA)
- 'ABCD – A DREAM OF FOUR CITIES
MOHAMMED AL SHAMMAREY
- 'WASAT AL BALAD / DOWNTOWN'
AMMAR KHAMMASH - 'FOSSILS OF TIME & LIGHT'
KARIN MAYER & AHMED AL KHALIDI
- 'URBAN EXCHANGE'
MAHASNEH - 'EXPOSURES'
SAEED - 'MEMORIES OF LOVE &
SALEH ABU SHINDI
- 'VOCABULARY OF LINES AND COLOUR'
SAUDI - 'SONG FOR THE
MAHASNEH - 'SCULPTING
TARIQ DAJANI -
'ABOVE WADI RUM'
HAKIM JAMAIN -
DAYS IN LUXOR'
ABORIGINAL ART - ANCIENT ABSTRACTIONS
3 DIMENSIONS, 3 JORDANIAN
SHEREEN AUDI - 'EXPRESSIONS OF A FREE
FLOODED LONDON – FIVE IMAGES OF
Australian Indigenous Prints and Paintings
ASIL Photographs of Arabian Horses by
Tariq Dajani at Zara Centre Gallery
Didgeridoo … da..da