organized by Ola El-Khalidi
January 17 - March 2, 2013
apexart - 291 Church Street New York, NY 10013 USA
Fictional Memoirs is a collection of twelve stories about the emotional relationship of personal objects and their owners.
The objects belong to families who where forced out of Kuwait in 1990 after the Iraqi invasion on August 2, 1990. They resettled in Jordan and had kept these objects for the past 22 years. Each piece has a high emotional value to its owner.
When I was invited by Ola El-Khalidi to participate at the Open Sesame exhibition to be held in New York, I selected twelve people from different countries presently living in Berlin. To each of them I gave one of those objects which originally belonged to one of the families. I asked them to imagine these objects as if they actually belonged to themselves and to imagine the place they left behind.
The authors are from Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Belarus, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Macedonia, Mexico, Palestine and Philippines.
The reasons why they had left their own countries of origin or where forced to do so are diverse but all of them have, in common, the experience of leaving and moving.