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Salma Ahmad Caller

Shell Fables ~ a Curious Cabinet of Beings & Becoming

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present the ninth of the screenings of Art from the African Diaspora as part of Alice Rekab’s multi-platform project FAMILY LINESShell Fables ~ a Curious Cabinet of Beings & Becoming by Salma Ahmad Caller (2022).

This seventeen minute film is Salma Ahmad Caller’s first film, a prototype, curating her mixed-race identity as curiosity. It is a continuation of her art practice working with personal family archives of photographs and things. These curious Things survived decades of her English mother and Egyptian father’s lives, from Oxford in the 1960s to Cairo where her older sister Hala was born, to Mosul where she was born in 1969, and on to a childhood in Kano, Nigeria, and teenage years in Jeddah and Riyadh in the 1980s. Juxtaposing things that seem to belong to ‘opposing’ cultures creates strangeness and blurs boundaries. These Things are also witnesses to strange and forbidden encounters across divides created by ideologies, imagined and constructed difference, power and desire. The currents of Orientalism, colonialism and Empire moved these small Things in unexpected ways.

Aiming to platform the voices of Black artists and artists of colour, and to represent intergenerational legacies of self-representation in the production of film, writing and visual art, Alice Rekab and The Douglas Hyde have invited Salma Ahmad Caller to co-curate the screening series by selecting a film that has influenced and/or inspired her. Ahmad Caller has selected to screen the film The Night of Counting The Years (1969) directed by Shadi Abdel Salam. The Night of Counting The Years will be screened online next month from 7 – 21 July. 

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Stephen Sexton
Writer Response

As part of our Response Series, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce a Writer’s Response where writer Stephen Sexton will respond to the work of Bassam Al-Sabah and his current exhibition: IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS  

Student Forum Tour

Tour of the exhibition IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS by Bassam Al-Sabah led by the Student Forum Group The Student Forum is a group of students and recent graduates who engage with The Douglas Hyde and its programming in different ways over a period of twelve months. These engagements include leading tours of our […]

Bassam Al-Sabah
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The Douglas Hyde is very pleased to announce an In Conversation event where our Director, Georgina Jackson will talk to Bassam Al-Sabah about, amongst other things, their collaboration on the IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS exhibition project. Booking required. Please complete the booking form from the link in this section.  

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As part of the Seen-Unseen Project, in this non-visual exploration, Artist Clare McLaughlin will explore the work of Bassam Al-Sabah within the exhibition IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS This visit is for and with people who are visually impaired. Booking required. To register for the tour please email clare@seenunseen.ie

Jane Fogarty
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Jane Fogarty is a visual artist based in Dublin. Jane has many years of experience mediating both modern and contemporary art in museum, gallery, and community settings. Jane will lead the tour group through a VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) discussion of Bassam Al Sabbah’s current exhibition IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS This tour is […]

Anna Walsh
Writer Response

As part of our Response Series, The Douglas Hyde is delighted to announce a Writer’s Response where writer and editor Anna Walsh will respond to the work of Jennifer Mehigan and her current exhibition in Gallery 2 as part of The Artist’s Eye programme.  

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