bi’bak invites the Syrian artist Yaser Safi who currently lives and works in Berlin. Yaser Safi had to leave behind most of his works in Syria. Paintings, as Safi creates them, are bound to time and space due to their material nature. Compared to other forms of art such as photography or film, which can be reproduced, paintings are unique. Thats why one could say that paintings are linked to their specific materiality and can only be experienced as originals.
Yaser Safi deals with the questions of how the presence of the work relates to the artist's self-definition and what else he left behind with his work in Syria besides the canvases. Absent invites you to explore these questions in a virtual exhibition of the works.
Yaser Safi was born in Qamishly, Syria, in 1976. He graduated with a bachelor degree in art and a diploma in design from the University of Damascus. His solo exhibition in the French Cultural Center in Damascus in 1999 marked the starting point of his career, which has been followed by a series of further solo exhibitions in Syria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Belgium. Besides his solo exhibitions, Yaser Safi took part in various group exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe and the US and was awarded by numerous prizes.