June 16th, 2018 through April 22nd, 2019, The Islamic Middle East Galleries, V&A Museum, London
Since it's first showing at Pergamon Museum in Berlin, 'Perched' has grown in numbers totalling to a flock of 99 swallows and 41 of them are on display at V&A Museum through 22nd April 2019. To mark the opening of the show at V&A, I had a 'In Conversation' with renowned author Louis de Berniéres, who’s book ‘Birds Without Wings’ was an inspiration for me in creating the series, moderated by acclaimed journalist and writer Rosie Goldsmith, talking about the intersection between art and literature, on Monday 25th of June.
This installation of mould-blown glass swallows are an artistic response to the plight of Syrian refugees in Istanbul. "Perched" refers to the way these refugees have landed in my chaotic city but are unable to fly or move - they are grounded, with nowhere to go. The Islamic Middle East Gallery of Victoria and Albert provides temporary shelter to this flock of wingless birds.