Shubbak Festival of Arab Culture: Issam Kourbaj's Unearthed

Sunday 2 July 2017,
Great Court
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An artist installation by Issam Kourbaj.

As part of the Shubbak Festival of Arab Culture, the Great Court will be filled by Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj with hundreds of old hardback book covers placed side by side to cover 60 square meters of floor.

Some covers are painted with blocks of colour, many others have a black line across them, echoing the Syrian tradition of placing black ribbons over the photographs of the recently deceased. These covers evoke memories of lost knowledge and lives. Watch the artist create the installation over a matter of hours.

Part of Shubbak at the British Museum.

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Unearthed, Issam Kourbaj. Photo: Emma K Freeman