Chairing is the Opposite of Sharing
The chairs embody the spaces which are unreachable, but also they represent power, they are for the people in power, who can easily reach these chairs and sit on them. In front of the chairs there is a chain to prevent people from going in and sitting on the chairs, the chain represents the border, which nobody can pass without having the right passport and the permission from the person in charge. Why two chairs not three? Why not millions of chairs? Why are there chairs? Who is in charge of allocating a space, when the space could be the whole world?
Rula Ali was born in Qamishly, Syria, in 1981 and lives in Berlin. She took her BA in English Literature at the University of Damascus in 2011, and in Sculpture at the Walid Ezzat Institute for Art in Damascus. Since then she has been living in Berlin and has participated in several exhibitions, workshops and teaching projects. She also worked for the Syria Untold website, archiving the creative and civil resistance movement in Syria.
“I arrived in Germany at the end of 2014. From the beginning of my stay in Germany, I started to build my career as an artist – by networking, researching my new artistic identity and looking for a new artistic approach. I managed to build good connections with different cultural and art organizations in Berlin where I held several art workshops. My main focus is to highlight socio-political issues concerning discourse, diversity and borders of communication between different cultures and political systems. I use mainly, but not only, textiles and clothing conceptually as a material to express my ideas.” R.A.