Exhibition - Ahlan Wa Sahlan

Thursday, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:00pm

The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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For almost a year now, the place where we live has taken on a new meaning. Our relationships with objects, people, pets, plants, and even solitude itself have dramatically changed. 

I had the idea for this exhibition while gazing at Swedish artist Christopher Robin Nordström’s miniature sculpture, a 1:20 scale replica of a Japanese K?ban. I noticed a resonance between the K?ban—the centerpiece of the show—and many other pieces in my personal collection. 

A K?ban is a small neighborhood police station. The police officers who work there have the mission to respond to emergencies and keep the citizens safe, but most importantly to give directions in a country where finding your way can be a common struggle. Affectionately called "omawari-san", meaning dear patrol officer, they are perceived as familiar faces and helping hands. Unlike a more imposing police precinct, a K?ban is a refuge, a shelter.

How does this connect the works in this exhibition? What unites a Japanese K?ban and a German brothel? How does a bedroom in Morocco relate to an isolated shed in the middle of the woods in upstate NY? 

Each of the pieces I have selected for this exhibition describe our desire for intimacy in confined spaces: sometimes safe, sometimes dangerous. They highlight our personal tragedies and vulnerabilities. In a grander sense, they display our exceptional destinies and expose the profoundness of our collective story. 

Before this show, all these artworks were living close to each other on the wall of my apartment without specific interaction. Now, they look at each other, answer one another, and communicate.

For this public exhibition I invite you to join me in appreciating these artists and enter into the world I typically share with my partner and a few friends. In doing so, I hope to rebuild some of the social connections that we have been deprived of for far too long.  

Ahlan Wa Sahlan, Welcome, Bienvenue. 

Lucien Zayan

Featured Artists

2fik, Mathis Altmann, Francisca Benitez, Malcolm Brown, Jean Christian Bourcart, Simon Courchel, Christopher Daniels, Danielle Durchslag, Nicolas Enriquez, Shannon Finnegan, Camille de Galbert, Ryan Frank, Oliver Jeffers, Alan Kleinberg, Noah Klersfeld, Steven and William Ladd, Anne Mourier, Stephen Morrison, Christopher Robin Nordström, Mac Premo, Naji Raji, Aaron Ruff, Alexandria Smith.

Exhibition Date: January 9, 2021 -  April 18, 2021



Ten visitors at a time

Masks and social distancing required

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