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.
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.
The artist Füsun Onur still lives in the house where she was born in Istanbul. A red house that overlooks the waters of the Bosphorus, she shares this childhood home with her sister, Ilhan. Theirs is a creative relationship that, like their home, informs much of Onur’s work.
The Iranian-born artist Maryam Hoseini produces work that shows “incompleteness as a condition of being.” The sense of being incomplete, ‘half’ a person, is a common trope when discussing experiences of heartbreak. It is a trope which Hoseini plays with through the fragmented figures that people her paintings.
In a new commission of six paintings, the Lebanese-Armenian painter Talar Aghbashian has re-interpreted the classical mythology that informs Dido and Aeneas. Where other artists in the exhibition focus on experiences of Heartbreak that are rooted in place, Aghbashian’s paintings are notably atemporal.
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.