Rayyane Tabet (*1983, lives and works in Beirut) explores the connection between minor histories and major events through form and material. His primarily sculptural work is characterized by archaeological meticulousness in dealing with cultural heritage. He blends official accounts with personal history to draw attention to hardly known narratives and coincidences.
The exhibition titled BRUCHSTÜ̈CKE / FRAGMENTS focuses on the history of the Syrian settlement of Tell Halaf that was discovered by the German diplomat and Orientalist Max von Oppenheim. Tabet’s great-grandfather worked for a period of six months as von Oppenheim's secretary during his expedition and gathered intelligence information on behalf of the French government.
By linking the world-historical, expansionist and structural relations with his own family history, Tabet provides a view of the inextricable connections between individual and collective history and between colonialism and present-day international politics. The artist lets an overarching narrative on cultural exchange and mobility ensue from a familial spy story.