This Sawaber series documents the vestiges of lives lived in the Al Sawaber, a government housing complex in Kuwait slated for demolition. The vignettes provide intimate views into once private worlds, and the portrayals of the interiors and objects tell stories without longing for what once was or lamenting what could have been.
Tarek Al-Ghoussein is an artist and Professor of Visual Art with New York University in Abu Dhabi.
As a Kuwaiti of Palestinian origin, much of Al-Ghoussein’s professional work deals with how his identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss.
Al-Ghoussein has exhibited extensively in Europe, the United States and The Middle East and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in prominent venues such as the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennales; the Singapore Biennale; the 6th and 7th Sharjah Biennales; Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea; and Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany and Aperture Gallery, NYC, USA.
Al-Ghoussein’s work has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; Freer and Sackler Gallery at Smithsonian Institution—Washington D.C., USA, Museum of Fine Art—Houston, USA the British Museum, London, the Sharjah Art Foundations; the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo;, among several others.