Installation views of the group exhibition Staying Alive, 2018. Curated by Sulsolsal at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial.
Participating work: Radical Displacement, 2015 - 2018
Installation that consists of 4 framed drawings (44 x 30 cm) and 2 x A4 inkjet printed letters and 4 minutes audio story:
Map of the Self, 30 x 44 cm - watercolor and brush pens on paper
Map of the borders between Cairo and Amsterdam, 44 x 30 cm - watercolor and brush pens on paper
Map of African Connections, 44 x 30 cm - watercolor and brush pens on paper
Map of the Major Signs, 44 x 30 cm - watercolor and brush pens on paper
Letter from the IND, 2 x A4 inkjet printed letters
Radical Displacement, 4 minutes audio track
Description: In 2015, while studying at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, Fahmy Shahin received a letter from IND, the Dutch immigration and naturalization office, in which he was asked to prove his being and whereabouts. This started his quest to understand his reality and his identity. By drawing his own maps, Shahin works through complex notions of identity, migration and place, in order to construct an idea of the world that reflects his own experience. Mapping has become his means to reconcile the actual with the fictional, distance with proximity, and the present with the past.