June 16th till November 30th, 2018, Jameel Gallery, 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 30 November 2018. 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.
I will continue in telling the story about these mputh-blown swallows during Frieze London 2018 during an ‘In Focus Tour’ at the Museum on Thursday, 4th of October between 1 -2 pm.
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.