While You Were Sleeping
Dual exhibition with Fadi al-Hamwi and Hiba al-Ansari
14 - 20 July 2018
Hosted by Vardaxoglou at 237 Brompton Rd, SW3 2ER, London
While You Were Sleeping is the first joint presentation of Fadi al-Hamwi and Hiba al-Ansari, a unique view into the conceptual and material dialogue between their practices. The artists have maintained a close creative relationship since studying together at the Damascus Academy of Fine Arts. Al-Ansari and al-Hamwi concern themselves with lending physical shape to the human experience of war, but the human remains obscured in their multi-media practices. Instead, domestic furnishings, a cow carcass or toy soldiers offer traces of the lack of humanity in the everyday experience of conflict. A dialogue emerges between the artists’ modes of expression, as common motif and material reveal a parallel and deeply personal process of reckoning.