January 10, 2014 / 11:00 AM
Lower Meier Video Gallery
In Adel Abidin’s Symphony I, 2012, he pays homage to Iraqi teenagers stoned to death
by religious extremists in Baghdad. The figures in the video are immortalized as statues,
icons, and even sacred figures with threads connecting each body by its mouth to the
leg of a dove. The viewer is left to watch the stillness of death against the frantically
flapping wings of the birds.
Abidin was born in Baghdad in 1973 and currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
He has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including the Helsinki Museum of
Contemporary Art (KIASMA); the Centre of Contemporary Art, Salamanca; the 10th
Sharjah Biennale; The 17th Sydney Biennale; and the 52nd and 54th Venice Biennials.