Present day Iraq is an amalgamation of overlapping civilizations, identities, languages and traditions. Excavations proposes an exploration of the multi-layered histories embedded within this shared geography – uncovering, drawing inspiration from, and reinterpreting its artifacts. The project emerges from a study of the formal, linguistic and material attributes of historic objects collected and found.
Shape and colour, as encountered in architecture, sculpture and script, comprise the primary focus of exploration. Excavations presents an instigation to reinterpret their role within contemporary design through an installation comprised of an archaeology of forms and a field of discoveries.
Co-curated /collaboration with Rand Abdul Jabbar
Realized as the Pavilion of Iraq at Abwab, Dubai Design Week 2016
Photography by Erik and Petra Hesmerg.