Ali Al-Fatlawi and Wathiq Al-Ameri + Marni Kotak+ Jason Robert Bell
Grace Space has the extreme pleasure to welcome: ALI AL-FATLAWI AND WATHIQ AL-AMERI
Performance artists from Baghdad, Iraq via Zurich, Switzerland.
Escaping Saddam Hussein's Iraq is an incredible adventure that landed them in Europe . . . And it is out of this state of limbo - of being in one country while belonging to another � that they create their performances.
We will also be hosting more performances by special artists
t.b.a. upon arrival at Grace Space
Al-Fatlawi and Wathiq Al-Ameri
Through their performances, Ali Al-Fatlawi and Wathiq Al-Ameri present their experiences as, 'My view is the view from exile'. This perspective allows them a critical attitude, coupled with the hope of returning to their home country.
Mr. Al-Fatlawi and Mr. Al-Ameri have known each other since childhood and both received a classical education at the University of Fine Arts of Baghdad. Together, they escape the regime of Saddam and went on an incredible Odyssey - with false papers and 3 U.S. dollars in their pockets, they crossed the border into Jordan. In Jordan they became "copyists" of classical Arabic painting and by selling these reproductions, they acquired enough money to: travel through Sudan, ride in a truck across the Sahara, pass through Libya, arrive in Switzerland. In Zurich, the artists joined the studio Urnamo, where they share ideas and develop their art with F + F art and media school in Zurich.
During 10 years of performing together, their works have always had the same basic idea: to combine materials and create new visual images. The inexhaustible possibilities that can happen at random, when large volumes of existing materials are combined, always renews the performances and its energy. The work is monotonous if no change is perceived.
2000 Gallery The Earth, Zurich, Switzerland 2000 Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland 2000 Im Field, Zurich, Switzerland 2001 in the chapel of Helferei, Zurich, Switzerland 2003 Culture cafe �Abunoas� Zurich, Switzerland 2004 Kunsthof College of Design, Zurich, Switzerland 2005 Schlachthaus Theater, Bern, Switzerland 2006 Plattformelf, Zurich, Switzerland 2006 Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland 2007 Kasko, Basel, Switzerland 2008 High school of architecture, Luzerne, Switzerland 2008 Atelier zweistrum, Vienna, ostrich 2008 Momentum Festival, Brussels 2009 Zoom Festival, Hildsheim, Germany 2009 Open international Performance Festival, Beijing, China 2009 HSLU T&A in Horw, Luzern, Switzerland 2010 Festival Particles, Geneva, Switzerland 2010 pad- performance art depot, Meins, Germany