Cultural critic and writer Olivia Laing once remarked: “The mouth is for speaking, how do you speak if no one’s listening, how do you speak if your voice is prohibited, or no one understands your tongue?”
Freedom and human rights are meant to give individuals a voice. But many people still lack the chance to express themselves and to be heard. The works in the show specifically deal with speaking up or speaking out about the violation of human rights.
02.03.2022 – 25.03.2022
Installation view, Abdulnasser Gharem, The Safe, 2019
The Mouth Is for Speaking, AIA Space, 2022 Photo: Léa Jullien
As muted cry, Abdulnasser Gharem stages a white awning similar to the one to be seen on the security camera that recorded the last moments in the life of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.
Installation view, Luke Willis Thompson, (a) breathing: collective noun, 2021
installation view on the facade of the former U.S. Embassy building in Oslo, designed by Eero Saarinen, opposite the Nobel Institute, until December 2021, courtesy Nagel Draxler, Munich/Cologne and the artist