As a child, the Palestinian artist Karim Shaheen was caught up in one war after another: before the First Gulf War, he fled with his parents and siblings to Kuwait, where the Second Gulf War broke out only a few years later.
Image above: War Maker
He finally experienced the third war in the former Yugoslavia, where the family had moved to stay with relatives. Slowly, Karim began to ask himself: “Am I a war maker?
The theatre maker Husam Abed, whose autobiographical performance “The Smooth Life” is remembered as one of the highlights of Theatre of Things 2017, met Karim Shaheen during their time together in Camp Yarmuk in the Syrian capital Damascus. In his latest work, he uses objects, video and live music to trace a life story in perpetual exile and migration that, after further stops in Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Hungary, finally ends in the country Karim dreamed of as a child: the USA.
Notes on accessibility: Information on the structural accessibility of the venue can be found here. Large-format projections and a hand-held camera are used. The themes of death, war and flight are negotiated and depicted.
03. November 2022
Greifswalder Straße 81-84