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SACRED: Homelands Festival 2016 – Saturday

Events run from 1pm. Day tickets £15/£12.50 concessions.

GROUP OFFER: 6 tickets can be purchased for the price of 5 both online and via telephone.

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in conversation facilitated by Dr. Dominic Johnson

Issam Kourbaj

Issam speaks about his artwork Another Day Lost, a series of installations across five sites, inspired by and based on the Syrian refugee crisis; and which has been exhibited across the world (London, New York, Philadelphia, Dubai, Cambridge and Budapest); and his recent and current work about the Syrian Crisis.

Issam comes from a background of fine art, architecture and theatre design. Born in Suweida in the South of Syria, he trained at the Institute of Fine Arts in Damascus, the Repin Institute of Fine Arts in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and at Wimbledon School of Art (London). Since 1990, he has lived and worked in Cambridge, becoming a Bye-Fellow (2007–2011) and Artist-in-Residence at Christ’s College, where he is also a lector in art. Since the 2011 uprising, Issam has been raising awareness and money for projects and aid in Syria. 

Following this, there will be an open discussion in which artists presenting work at SACRED: Homelands reflect on the many issues arising from mass migration and the breakdown of communities due to war, climate change and privation. The line-up includes Elivra Santamaria, Varsha Nair, Josephine Jowett, Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Latai Taumoepeau, Wathiq Al-Ameri, Ali Al-Fatlawi and Zierle & Carter.

4.30pm (duration 2 hours) 


Taste Koshur
Inder Salim (India)

Inder Salim is a conceptual performance artist and poet. Born in Kashmir in the early 1960s. For 25 years, his ground-breaking, body-centric work has had few parallels: a multidisciplinary artist using video and photography as well as Internet interfaces to expand upon his bodily interventions, Inder Salim has foregrounded the role of art as activism. Reflecting upon the relationship between art and its relevance to the world he lives in, he has performed at across India and abroad. He organised Art Karavan International in 2010, where 30 international artists travelled for two and a half months through nine cities in Northern India, with the objective of experimenting with open-ended interactive processes of art.



Native Stories: The Ground Beneath Us
James Luna / Culture Storm (USA)

Please note that your day ticket includes entrance to Native Stories: The Ground Beneath Us. Single tickets for this performance only are available here

James Luna said, “Forget what you thought you know about American Red Indians”.

Luna’s performance will take you on a road trip of the reality of what he sees as contemporary Indian life. The landscape of the earth & sky will be our destination. The perverted vehicle will be stories of fantasy futuristic tales, personal antidotes, country music legend Merle Haggard and the spirits within all of us, all said with irony, humour and hope.

James Luna is a Pooyukitchchum/Ipai native who presents his stories to share his political and social commentary through performance art. He uses monologues, visual examples, and antics to tell stories that delve deep into the strife and misconceptions of ethnicity in America. He is a powerful force in performance art today and has received numerous grants and awards and his performances have toured internationally.


in conversation

Latai Taumoepeau & Josephine Jowett



Ali Al-Fatlawi & Wathiq Al-Ameri (Iraq/Switzerland)

The performances of Ali Al-Fatlawi and Wathiq Al- Ameri reflect and challenge the West’s attitudes to Iraq and Iraqi culture, the fears and expectations and the dread arising from civilian casualties, border-crossings and the psychological pressure expressed in physical gestures. The mortal as part of everyday life, the dealing with war acts and the role of memory and lost lives in war are also an important subject expressed their performances.

Ali Al-Fatlawi and Wathiq Al-Ameri won the Performance Art Award Switzerland in 2011, which was followed more recently with the prestigious Swiss Art Award 2012.

Supported by Arts Council England.


Date and time

26 November 2016

Please note
This is now a past event.


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