The art installation by the Hungarian - Syrian artist Róza El-Hassan is a search for answers to practical and existential questions about migration, coming home and belonging. For the Red Star Line Museum, she is going to build a dome, models for a community building or school in Syria, exhibit drawings and sculptures based around it. She will present the collected material in a sphere garden on dew banks, which extract water from the air. The dome will stand in the center of a colored orbit representing a design for a real shelter, a cosmological round shaped form, like the sun in the middle of the planets. With this installation El-Hassan inspires to become thoughtful and reflect.
In collaboration with Breeze 2017, The Red Star Line Museum is due to launch the Fieldworkers project. The museum aims to expand and update its collection about migrants by way of recent life stories and migration heritage. For this reason, the museum is searching for willing individuals who are immersed in our diverse society to collect stories from people who migrated to Antwerp.
After intensive training in oral history and heritage care, the ‘fieldworkers’ will be on their way. The first stories will be based around the theme ‘child refugees’. A lot of stories in the museum are about children who escaped poverty, discrimination and violence at the turn of the twentieth century. Even after World War II, countless families escaped to Belgium because of the unstable situation in their home countries. To this day, more than half of the refugees worldwide are children. Their contemporary stories are the heritage of tomorrow.
Róza El-Hassan Biography
Gaining early recognition with “Stretched Objects” and her conceptual work and drawing, the Budapest based artist has gradually become an artist with a deep social commitment, working on the field of performance, lectures and figurative sculptures.
Having witnessed numerous human disasters, she has worked with and for some of the most vulnerable people; Syrian refugees and Hungarian Roma communities. She introduced mediation projects during the Balkan war, (since 2001 she has been a member of the Jewish – Arab peace movement and takes often initiative in mediations in form of lectures, performances and actions), and reawakened ancient crafts and techniques of endangered communities to rescue cultural and human values (where they are needed so much).
The social engagement of her work as an object artist is significant. Her figurative objects create a strong individual language and spatial presence. Since 2011 she has designed ecological shelters and buildings made of adobe.
From 10.05.2017 – 17.09.2017
Red Star Line Museum
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Tuesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1, Ascencion Day, November 1 and December 25.
Note: On June 21 in the afternoon, the Red Star Line Museum will be closed. The last tickets will be sold at 11 am.