Artist talk with Ali Kaaf "I am Stranger. Twofold stranger"

11 February 2022

Ali Kaaf. Ich bin Fremder. Zweifach Fremder, 2021, Installation, bedruckte und gefräste Aluminium Verbundplatten, gespritzte Holzplatten, Metall, 280 x 580 x 160 cm © Ali Kaaf / Jörg von Bruchhausen


Dear Friends of the Museum for Islamic Art,

We would like to invite you to an artist talk with Ali Kaaf on the occasion of his installation "Ich bin Fremder. Zweifach Fremder" in the Mschatta Hall of the Museum for Islamic Art.

When: Friday, 11.02.2022 , 16-17:30 pm
Where: Mschatta Hall, Museum for Islamic Art
Limited number of participants: 10 persons

Binding registration is required at You will receive a confirmation email with all details.

Due to the limited number of places, we would like to ask you to register as soon as possible, but no later than 04.02.2022. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please note the current information for visitors during the Corona Pandemic of the National Museums in Berlin.

The German-Syrian artist Ali Kaaf (b.1977), who studied at the Institut des Beaux-Arts in Beirut and the Berlin University of Fine Arts (UdK), currently teaches at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. He understands the eventful history of the Mshatta Façade as a metaphor facilitating reflection on migration, integration, homeland and identity. In his installation I Am a Stranger: Twofold a Stranger, he works with various views and insights into the monumental façade. Kaaf creates a charged space that makes room for ambivalences in the area in-between – be that between the Façade and its intervention, history and the present, the familiar and the foreign, or the visible and the invisible. In this way, he makes the structure – erected around AD 740 – tangibly accessible, providing an experience for the viewer that is both physical and emotional. This relationship to space is fundamental to Kaaf’s works, in which various layers overlap, exposing the new and developing scope for different ways of thinking.



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