Hardboiled Wonderland: In Search of Lost Memory

Hardboiled Wonderland: In Search of Lost Memory

Modernity brought a host of promises that captivated societies worldwide, which aimed to create a brighter future marked by rationality, liberty, and social justice. While these grand visions shaped the hopes and dreams of countless individuals, modernity also brought unintended consequences and unfulfilled dreams. In this exhibition, inspired by the captivating world created by Haruki Murakami, the artist embarks on a visual journey that delves deep into the labyrinthine corridors of memory; as modernity's relentless march threatens to erase our cherished cultural identity. We navigate a world where memories become elusive and fragmented, concealed beneath layers of technology and societal shifts, and a promised pristine modern wonderland. Through the medium of analog photography, the artist begins a journey through the themes of cultural identity, time, and the profound longing to reclaim what has been lost in the relentless pursuit of progress.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the residency only for visual arts?

No, it is open to all artists from different disciplines.

How long is the residency programme?

12 working weeks, from 28 January to 28 April 2024.

Please note the residency will coincide with the holy month of Ramadan as well as the Eid Holidays. Studio opening hours will be adjusted as appropriate during that period. 

Will there be an exhibition at the end of the residency?

Yes, participants' artwork and projects will be showcased in an exhibition at the end of the residency. The exhibition concept will be formulated and developed in discussion with the artists in residence. 

The exhibition will be developed in collaboration with Al Riwaq’s curation team, led by William Wells, and will open on 25 June 2024. 

Does this programme support research residencies?

Al Riwaq is open to receiving research-based resident artists, within Application 003 or independently. 

Artists seeking the unfamiliar around the corner, are welcome to apply for a  research-driven residency that can revolve around peer-to-peer exchange, and knowledge and understanding, not just in the arts but also in society.

Is there an age restriction for the applicants?

This residency is open for all above 18 years of age.