Evaporating Suns

Contemporary Myths from the Arabian Gulf

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Date of publication May 2023

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Evaporating Suns
Contemporary Myths from the Arabian Gulf

Ed. Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger, text(s) by Latifa Al Khalifa, Meitha Almazrooei, Munira Al Sayegh, Verena Formanek, Ahmad Makia, graphic design by Mobius Studio, Sharjah

Arabic, German

2023. 240 pp., 200 ills.


24.00 x 29.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5443-9

Exploring Parallel Realities through Myths

Evaporating Suns explores myths from the Arabian Gulf through contemporary art. Based on the concept that the mythical and the factual are like two sides of the same coin, the catalogue accompanying the exhibition shows that myths do not simply convey fictions, but are also capable of presenting truth much more vividly than statistics and facts ever could. The publication showcases the work of 13 contemporary artists from the Arabian peninsula, who explore the folklore and popular myths of their homelands, and use cynicism, satire, and fiction to build their universes and rewrite the parallel history of their contemporary societies. Completed by essays by authors from the region, myths are seen here as opportunities for a new approach to the negotiation of current issues such as the environment, gender, and social structures of power.

Founded in 2018 by the artist Sibylle Piermattei-Geiger and her husband Rocco Piermattei, KULTURSTIFTUNG BASEL H. GEIGER I KBH.G creates a cultural program with current political or cultural references. The Basel exhibition space hosts three topical art exhibitions a year, each of which goes beyond the concepts of established institutions.

Kulturstiftung Basel H.Geiger
May 11–July 16, 2023

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