In all places, at all times, the figure of the Exile is the focus of speculation. He or she is that other who would jeopardise our comfort and habitus, who would invade on our territory. Alternately the face of threat or tragedy, the exile inexorably bears the brunt of insecurity, crisis and problems of any nature. Five portraits and a giant frieze depicting what this “troubling” other could be were commissioned from six artists who have experienced exile, to give shape to black and white faces, ready to face other people’s gazes. Is the life of the exile worth less than ours?
Works by Lina Aljijakli (Syria), Mahmoud Halabi (Lebanon), Omar Ibrahimaa-e (Syria), Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan), in residence at the Cité internationale des arts, Kouka Ntadi (France), Hura Mirshekariaa-e (Iran), hosted at the Cité internationale des arts as part of the Ministry of Culture’s programme of residence and support for refugee artists from conflict areas, in partnership with the French Institute.
The exhibition is also accessible in the evening during events. 2 Nov - 2 Dec closed Mondays 10am—5.30pm; Wed 9.00pm; weekends 7.00pm Palais de la Porte Dorée – Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Hall Marie Curie