Manaf Halbouni – Artist’s Talk Refugee Festival Scotland

manaf halbouni

24 June, 2019 – 7 p.m.

Scottish Youth Theatre,  Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow G1 1TF

German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni’s sculpture Rubble Theatre is a highlight of Refugee Festival Scotland. It recreates a scene of destruction in Syria, featuring the rubble of a bombsite and an abandoned car.

A conversation with Manaf Halbouni led by Kate Gray, Director of Collective  Edinburgh Art

Halbouni studied at art school in Syria and then moved to Germany a few years before the war. In 2017, far-right groups in Germany protested against his installation Monument, which erected three, upended buses at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and at the Frauenkirche in Dresden, in homage to a barricade of buses that protected civilians from sniper fire in Aleppo. Vehicles (and most frequently cars) are a repeating theme in Halbouni’s work – whether as a means of escape or as a mobile home. ‘With the car, a symbol of mobility, I try to reach a place that I can call home to take root again,’ he says.

Rubble Theatre is commissioned by Counterpoint Arts and Scottish Refugee Council. Funded and supported by Creative Scotland & the British Council.


Refugee Festival Scotland 2019

Refugee Festival Scotland (RFS) is an annual Scotland-wide festival of over 100 arts, culture and community events. It is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and is now in its 19th year.

The festival, running from 20 June to 30 June 2019, celebrates the contribution people from refugee communities make to life in Scotland – the music and poetry, art, dance, food and drink, language and ideas that people bring with them when they settle in Scotland.

This year’s theme is MAKING ART, MAKING HOME and the festival showcases the work of a number of professional and emerging artists with refugee backgrounds.


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