Adel Abidin, an Iraqi-Finnish artist based in Helsinki, wins the Ithra Art Prize 5thedition. His winning work (ON) explores the intricate relationship between history, memory, and identity. As Abidin delves into the intangible aspects of history, he is confronted with the challenge of scarce reliable archival sources. This challenge is especially present in the context of Arab history, where much remains shrouded in ambiguity, allowing for a broad range of interpretations and augmentations. In studying the Zanj rebellion in Iraq, he finds a captivating example of this complexity. His wall installation highlights the fragility of history and the organic nature of memory, and offering a glimpse into what remains of this ancient event in a unique and compelling way.
Photo Credit: STUDIO Adel Abidin