Rayyane Tabet - FRAGMENTS

25. November 2017 to 18. Febuary 2018
Photogtaph of Faek Borkhoche holding the snake he found in his tent while working as a secretary in Tell Halaf on the archeological expedition of Max von Oppenheim. June 12, 1929. Courtesy of Arlette Borkhoche Tabet and the artist.Photogtaph of Faek Borkhoche holding the snake he found in his tent while working as a secretary in Tell Halaf on the archeological expedition of Max von Oppenheim. June 12, 1929. Courtesy of Arlette Borkhoche Tabet and the artist.

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.