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For Those Who Couldn’t Cross the Sea

10 June3 September

I want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark.
Home is the barrel of the gun and no one would leave home unless home
chased you to the shore.

Unless home told you to quicken your legs, leave your clothes behind, crawl through the desert, wade through the oceans,
be hungry
forget pride.
your survival is more important. No one leaves home until home is a sweaty
voice in your ear- saying leave. 

(Warsan Shire)


For Those Who Couldn’t Cross the Sea is a multidisciplinary group exhibition that features the works of five Middle Eastern artists. The exhibition reflects on the experiences of refugees and migrants, as well as the challenges they face in their search for a new home. The aim of the exhibition is to build empathy and highlight patterns of trauma, erasure, identities, belonging, and home.

Set to open on June 10th, the exhibition will take place in the Hvelfing exhibition space at the Nordic House and continues until September 2023.

Artists: Adel Abidin, Ahmed Umar, Ibi Ibrahim, Thana Faroq, Pınar Öğrenci
Curator: Elham Fakouri
Graphic Design: Janosch Bela Kratz


The Nordic House
Sæmundargata 11
Reykjavík, 101 Iceland
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