Future Aleppo

May 23–August 20, 2017

About the Exhibition

This summer, come see Future Aleppo at the Skirball—an installation about the human capacity for resilience, hope, and perseverance in times of darkness. A four-by-four-foot model, Future Aleppo was created by a young Syrian boy and aspiring architect named Mohammed Qutaish while living through the indiscriminately violent war in Aleppo. Between 2012 and 2015, as he witnessed his beloved city being demolished, Mohammed crafted his vision for the future of Aleppo using paper, wood, colored pencils, and glue.

Mohammed not only reconstructed fallen landmarks in Aleppo, like the medieval Citadel and his favorite park, but also created new structures and amenities to improve the war-torn city: gardens, rooftop pools, bridges, roads, solar panels, helicopter pads, and so on. While much of his model was destroyed when Mohammed and his family fled to Turkey, the portion on display serves as a powerful symbol of hope and imagination.

Hear expert insights! From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., on August 6, stop by the installation to meet originating curator Alex Kalman, who helped transport the model from Syria to the United States, and Skirball curator Cate Thurston. Both will be available to share the story behind Mohammed’s inspiring work of art.

Future Aleppo was created by Mohammed Qutaish, 2012–2015, in Aleppo, Syria, and curated by Alex Kalman. The installation was originally organized at Mmuseumm in New York.

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