June 16th till November 30th, 2018, Jameel Gallery, V&A Museum, London

 Photo by Rosie Goldsmith

Photo by Rosie Goldsmith

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 starting with the 'Refugee Week' as of 16 June through 30 November 2018 while yet another group will be part of a curated show, 'Oh What a World, What a World' at Visual Art Center of New Jersey opening 1st of June and continuing through September 9th.  I  myself have been accompanying my swallows to these new destinations to reinforce their story..

To mark the opening of the show at V&A, I had a 'in conversation' with renowned author Louis de Berniéres,  moderated by acclaimed journalist and writer Rosie Goldsmith, talking about the intersection between art and literature, on Monday 25th of June.  The event was scheduled in celebration of my recent work, ‘Perched’, a group of 41 glass swallows now on display at the Museum, inspired by de Bernières’ novel 'Birds Without Wings'.
 

 Photo by Stefanie Agar

Photo by Stefanie Agar

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.