An installation view of one wall of Ali Eyal's "Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?" up at Platform 39.
Photos courtesy of Ashkal Alwan
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Ali Eyal tried to imagine what it would be like if he tried to explain to architects and illustrators how his childhood home looked. For this reason, the works' principal media are the backs of large brown envelopes -- and paper made to resemble envelopes -- as if he were packaging and posting pieces of home to be rebuilt.On one envelope, a man lies in bed. Commissioned by Ashkal Awan for Home Works 8 and on show at Platform 39, Eyal's installation of works on paper is an exercise in memory, namely the artist's attempts to retrieve, preserve and protect the recollections that are all that remains of his life in Baghdad.Eyal speaks quietly and deliberately about his work, his shy demeanor hiding a fundamentally industrious core.The experience of viewing Eyal's work feels, at times, intrusive.In this daily journey, Eyal was marked by the rapidly changing city, where abandoned buildings were pushed aside and idle construction cranes were erected in their place.Ali Eyal's work is compelling for because it offers an honest insight into the raw, detailed and sometimes sporadic workings of the human mind.
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