Rihab Essayh
at Union Gallery, Kingston
Main Space
October 4 – December 10, 2022

Curatorial Assistant: Elyse Longair

Rihab Essayh’s solo exhibition of longing and songbirds offers a space of refuge through its immersive large-scale sculptural installation and sound recordings. Viewers are invited to inhabit the exhibition: resting on stone-shaped cushions within a floating tent structure dappled with blushes of colour, or looking into a reflective pond while listening to birdsong and poetry. Conceived during the pandemic, this contemplative installation extends Essayh’s self-care outward into a new community.

The artist would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

الشوق لجوقة العصافير عند الغسق 

(Longing for a choir of sparrows at dusk), 2021. 

Spray painted voile, nylon threads, hand dyed cotton velvet upholstered cushions, speaker, 7’1”x14’7”x7’11”.

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