8 March - 28 April 2017
curated by Basak Senova & Jack Persekian
Inspired by eroded ornamental tiles seen in ‘classical’ buildings in Palestine, Benji Boyadgian’s exhibition, The Discord, dismantles the entangled layers and temporalities encompassing the story of those tiles. Through a painting process of repetition and mutation of the patterns, Boyadgian echoes the footprints that leaves traces on the surface alluding to Palestine as a place at a junction, subject to repeated trespassing throughout history.
Benji Boyadgian (b. 1983, Jerusalem) studied architecture at ENSAPLV School of Architecture (L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris, La Villette), specializing in urban sociology in post-conflict areas. His solo shows are The Discord, Al Ma’mal, Jerusalem (2017); Traces, Art Rooms, Kyrenia (2016); A journey into Abstrabesque, Al Ma’mal, Jerusalem (2013); and Vanishing Landscapes, Al Kahf Gallery, Bethlehem (2010). Boyadgian has also exhibited in The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures and The Jerusalem Show VIII: Before and After Origins, under Qalandiya International (2014 and 2016); Spinning On An Axis, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna (2014); Line, Art Rooms, Kyrenia (2015); Stepping Over the Borders, European Mediterranean Art Association (EMMA), Nicosia (2015); Shared Religious Places, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization (MuCEM), Marseille (2015); Skånes på Linero: De lovade oss en skola, de lovade en simhall, Skanes Konstförening, Lund (2016); Lines of Passage (in medias res), The Municipal Art Gallery of Mytilene, Lesbos (2016); Aqua, Château de Penthes, Geneva (2017).
This exhibition was generously supported by: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - SIDA, Islamic Development Bank, PECDAR, and DOEN Foundation.