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Issam Kourbaj, Another Day Lost, 2019, Old diary and broken date stamp. Photo: This Is Photography. Courtesy the artist
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Artist-led Exhibition Tour – Issam Kourbaj: Urgent Archive

23 May 2024, 1pm

Join us in the galleries for an informal exhibition tour of Issam Kourbaj: Urgent Archive with Issam Kourbaj.

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About the Exhibition

2 March – 26 May 2024

Since 2011 Issam Kourbaj’s artwork has responded to the ongoing conflict in Syria, and reflects on the suffering of his fellow Syrians and the destruction of his cultural heritage. This exhibition presents key works from this period alongside a new series which explores themes of loss, memory and renewal.

The exhibition – the artist’s largest to date – will include installation, sculpture, performance and works on paper. Kourbaj will be present at intervals throughout the exhibition, which will evolve as he adds to the displays.

Find out more about Issam Kourbaj: Urgent Archive

Issam Kourbaj, Urgent archives, written in blood, 2019. Image: This Is Photography. Courtesy the artist.

About Issam Kourbaj

Issam Kourbaj in his studio. Photo: Mourad Kourbaj

Issam Kourbaj was born in Syria and trained at the Institute of Fine Arts in Damascus, the Repin Institute of Fine Arts & Architecture in Leningrad (St Petersburg) and at Wimbledon School of Art. He has lived in Cambridge, UK, since 1990.

Since 2011 his artwork has related to the Syrian Crisis and reflects on the suffering of his fellow Syrians and the destruction of his cultural heritage.

Read Issam’s biography


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