In this new exhibition, Swiss-French artist Emmanuelle Michaux continues her work of preserving anonymous memories through film and photo. Only this time round, she will paint the portrait of a famous individual who lost these memories because of war.
Hani Abbas, a Syrian cartoonist, had to flee his country with his wife and son, leaving behind all his photographs, convinced he would be back. But he never returned. Today, under the rubble of Damascus, lies a part of his memory. On 120m2 of surface, with two installations and a 15-minute video entitled I had a dream inspired by her exchanges with Hani Abbas, Emmanuelle Michaux evokes the violence of exile, the dreams broken by war and the frailty of moments of happiness, often immortalised in family photos and videos.
Meetings with Hani Abbas, lectures and happenings with Emmanuelle Michaux will be organised throughout the exhibition. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the support of the UNHCR, the Sesam Foundation and the Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC).
Vernissage: 4 September 2018, 17:00-20:00
Exhibition: 4-26 September 2018, Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 18:00, and Satudays, 13:00 to 18:00 (closed on Thursday 6 September due to the Jeûne genevois)