Taking the classical story of Dido and Aeneas as its starting point, the Heartbreak includes the work of nine contemporary artists, each exploring the theme of heartbreak. From personal to political, the works in ‘Heartbreak’ will align with RUYA MAPS’ mission to support artists working in, or concentrating on, areas of political instability, while addressing the need for a wider global conversation about loss, betrayal and exploitation.
Map Your Heartbreak
How might heartbreak have affected your sense of place? RUYA MAPS’ interactive project Map Your Heartbreak reflects different experiences of heartbreak, from the classical Dido and Aeneas, to our contemporary artists. Its interactive map also includes crowd-sourced submissions - they could be the location of a national heartbreak, a family loss or a change in circumstances.
Through a five part series the Heartbreak podcast will unpack different themes within the exhibition: Dido and Aeneas, Layla and Majnun, maps, war and nostalgia.
The first episode is available to listen to now. It features experts Professors Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi, Oxford), Bryan White (Leeds University), Themelis Glynatsis (Greek National Opera) and Edith Hall (King’s College London). They discuss Virgil’s Dido and Aeneas - characters who form a central metaphor in the exhibition.
The late John Berger wrote to the multi-media artist Randa Maddah that “fragments, not of the earth, but of a homeland, [are] expressed in the figures you create. Through you the self-portraits of these territorial particles came into being.”
After fifteen years of the Lebanese Civil War, which lasted from 1975 until 1990, more than 100,000 people had been killed, and nearly 1,000,000 displaced. One of the victims of the war was the Lebanese artist Imad Issa. Hit by an explosion that left shrapnel embedded in his body, Issa dedicated a large part of his work to protesting the war.
What motivates the artist Christiana Soulou is “a poetic dimension” that she “believes life has in itself.” It is also what serves as the inspiration for her work. The forms that are rendered in her characteristic style often originate in great literature, with previous collections taking reference from Jean Cocteau, Jorge Luis Borges and William Shakespeare.
For the multimedia installation The landscape is not a bookmark, (2019) Khelil has re-appropriated old furniture, photographs and documents to form a new composition. The choice of a bedside table, where you keep objects that are closest to you, creates a striking intimacy.
In a five part series, the Heartbreak podcast will unpack the different themes of the exhibition. Throughout the run of the 58th Venice Biennale episodes will be released on: Dido and Aeneas, Layla and Majnun, maps, war, and rites of passage.
The start of May was a busy period for RUYA MAPS as we worked to install Heartbreak at Ca’ Del Duca, which opened on 11th May.
On Wednesday 8th May, the Heartbreak exhibition held its vernissage at Ca’ Del Duca.
We are pleased to announce the exhibition ‘Heartbreak’ to coincide with the 58th Venice Biennale, 11 May – 24 November 2019. Taking the classical story of Dido and Aeneas as its starting point, the exhibition will include the work of nine contemporary artists, each exploring the theme of heartbreak.