Géricault's shipwreck revisited: On Refugees and Migrants

23 September - 18 November 2018

View of the building and exhibition poster: © Goethe-Zentrum Baku, Azerbaijan

Géricault's shipwreck revisited
On Refugees and Migrants
Goethe-Zentrum, Baku, Azerbaijan

With Omar Victor Diop.

From September, 23, to November, 18, 2018.

Curators: Goethe-Zentrum Baku director Alfons Hug, and curator and programme manager Asli Samadova.

"Goethe-Zentrum Baku is pleased to announce its autumn programme at Kapellhaus with The Géricault’s shipwreck revisited. On Refugees and Migrants exhibition that addresses the phenomena of migration and flight with artistic means, centering on a poetic approach to the problem. By doing so, the refugees regain their individual voice and history, thus emancipate from the anonymous mass in which they normally appear.
If the mass media exploit this subject in a lurid, sensationalist manner, artists will produce counter-images and play softer tones in a way that allows the refugees to retain their dignity.

Arjan Martins traces in his large mural painting historical migrations in the Atlantic ocean including the routes of the slave trade on the so-called middle passage. Sitara Ibrahimova closeup study of individual migration reveals a fascinating story of today’s Kerkenj village inhabitants who during the escalation of Nagorno-Karabakh war, have exchanged their homes in Qizil Shafaq (Red Dawn) village in Northern Armenia, with Armenians who previously lived in Kerkenj. Adad Hannah and Marcel Odenbach both quote in their videos the painting “The raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault, who depicted the moment from aftermath of the wreck of French naval frigate near the coast of today’s Mauritania. Omar Victor Diopre-enacts in a series of self-portraits black freedom movements in Africa and North America.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Kapellhaus (35, 28 May street) and lasts till November 18. Exhibition regular hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 14:00 to 20:00. Free entry."