Current

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

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) is showing works by Khaled Barakeh as part of the “Days of Exile” program of events in Hamburg. In his works, the artist deals 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, address the phenomenon of transition. The exhibition title “The Blue Hour” takes up a metaphor used in many cultures to describe the in-between time from sunset and dusk and between sunrise and dawn. Barakeh evokes 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 are 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 is taking place as part of the “Days of Exile”, an initiative of the Körber Foundation in cooperation with the Herbert and Elsbeth Weichmann Foundation.

Other events


Exhibition: "In Between"

16 November 2018 until 12 January 2019 | Galerie Postel, Hamburg

Exhibition curated by Khaled Barakeh, bringing together exiled Syrian artists living in Germany. More information here

Artist Talk and Guided Tour with Khaled Barakeh and Curator Tobias Mörike

Saturday, 1 Dezember 2018 | 4 pm | in English

Calligraphy Workshop: "Aperture"

Saturday, 1 Dezember 2018 | cancelled, an alternative date will be announced




Ill.: Khaled Barakeh (*1976), The Untitled Images 2, 2014, digital C-print, 21 x 30 cm, © Khaled Barakeh