Fahar Al-Salih
Beyond Fairy Tales

Editor(s)

Yvonne Hohner Contemporary

Author(s)

Thomas Hirsch, Anabel Roque-Rodriguez

Design

Benjamin Wolbergs

Cover

Hardcover

Size

24 x 32 cm

Pages

192

Illustrations

161

Language(s)

German, English

ISBN

978-3-96912-044-6

Release September 2021

Bridges between East and West

The protection and sense of belonging one feels where one is at home, and what it is like to lose both of them: these are central concerns in the art of Fahar Al-Salih (b. Belgrade, 1964; lives and works in Karlsruhe). Having grown up in Kuwait, where a classical education in visual art was inconceivable, Al-Salih came late to his métier; Markus Lüpertz was among his teachers, and he completed his education in Hermann Nitsch’s master class. Seeing himself as a “bridge-builder” between the cultures of the Arab world and Europe, Al-Salih probes the different lived realities in which his itinerant biography has been set. No more linear than his path through life, his oeuvre is defined by subjects to which he keeps returning in a kind of cyclical motion. This publication offers unprecedented insight into Al-Salih’s creative approach and his articulations of individual yearnings, the comforts of safety, and political and social upheavals. His work achieves a deft interweaving of global perspectives and migrant realities.

Release September 2021

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