[Acrylic on board, 38.5x76 cm, 2013]
Arie Amaya-Akkermans is a specialist in contemporary art from the Middle East. Living and working in Beirut.
“Our inheritance was left to us by no testament." – René Char
Thin Skin, installation views, courtesy Scott Rudd
“Of all the specific liberties which might come into our minds when we hear the word ‘freedom’, freedom of movement is historically the oldest and also the most elementary. Being able to depart for where we will is the prototypal gesture of being free, as limitation of freedom of movement has from time immemorial been the precondition for enslavement.” –Hannah Arendt
Installation views: Joana Kohen. "Untitled I" & "Untitled 2", polyester and stitch on hand-made cotton paper, 86X91 e/o (2014); "A Robber Who Broke Into Hair Salon Is Beaten By Its Female Owner And Kept As A Sex Slave For Three Days He Was Fed Nothing But Viagra", 83.5X159X2 (2014).
["Lost Objects of Desire", Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, 2010, installation]
“War is no longer declared,
But rather continued. The courageous
Has become the everyday. The hero
Is absent from the battle. The weak
Are moved into the firing zone.
The uniform of the day is patience,
The order of the merit is the wretched star
Of hope over the heart.”
– “Every Day,” Ingeborg Bachmann