How can you remain connected to a place that you cannot go to?
Modified from a long tradition, Hekmat Shikwana creates beads from fruit and olive pits as a reminder of returning to a past home in Alqosh, Iraq. The embellished pits and seeds are created with nail polish, text, and other found materials.
beads, a vitrine exhibition at LACA opening Saturday, February 24 at 7pm, features a small fraction of the beads Shikwana has made over the course of his life, and pairs them with writing from his daughter, Maia Asshaq.
beads, remind us, home can be the physicality of your own body, the muscle in your hand that develops like that of your father’s hand. For Hekmat and Maia, closeness comes in spite of the difference in their languages and lives.
Organized with Lara Schoorl and Close Distance Press.