16 November 2018 until 13 January 2019
The Blue Hour
Khaled Barakeh

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) was showing works by Khaled Barakeh as part of the “Days of Exile” program of events in Hamburg. In his works, the artist dealed with longstanding conflicts and their potential to be resolved; with the experience of torture, flight, and exile. The approximately 20 works on view, some of them created especially for the exhibition, addressed the phenomenon of transition. The exhibition title “The Blue Hour” took up a metaphor used in many cultures to describe the in-between time from sunset and dusk and between sunrise and dawn. Barakeh evoked with this image the situation of migrants who have to find their way in a new society while at the same time grappling with their experiences during flight and the loss of their homeland. The conflict between a loss of identity, an insecure status, and the search for a brighter future and a sense of belonging in a foreign culture is marked in turns by mourning, uncertainty, and hope. These themes were taken up in the show in sculptures, collages, and media installations. Khaled Barakeh was born in 1976 in a suburb of Damascus. He graduated in painting at the art academy of Damascus followed by a Master of Fine Arts Funen Art Academy in Denmark. Barakeh completed his training as Meisterschüler at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2013. He has been teaching at Berlin University of the Arts since 2017.

The exhibition was taking place as part of the “Days of Exile”, an initiative of the Körber Foundation in cooperation with the Herbert and Elsbeth Weichmann Foundation.

Khaled Barakeh (*1976), The Untitled Images 2, 2014, Digital C-Print, 21 x 30 cm © Khaled Barakeh