17. 06. 2021

DobraVaga Gallery

online event

Abed Alrahman Shabaneh x Hydra PACE: discussion

project presentation

We kindly invite you to join the online discussion and presentation of the project The Living Room of the Absentees, developed by writer and curator Abed Alrahman Shabaneh during his Hydra PACE residency at DobraVaga. The event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 17, at 18.00 CEST.


The Living Room of the Absentees is a curatorial research project that aims to challenge the concept of co-existing and test the assumptions attached to it, its romanticization, and its prospects. As wholehearted as the concept of co-existence sounds, one should not ignore its delicacy and fragility, or its need for constant maintenance. The living room conceived by Abed Alrahman Shabaneh is designated for the absentees: a permanent safe space for the people who are not in it. Absentees are a constant reminder that, without fail, co-existence implies the existence of others. The project touches on the author’s own experience as a Palestinian, as well as the experience of the Erased in Slovenia.

Some of the Hydra PACE program artists in residence will also take part in the discussion following the presentation. 

Abed Alrahman Shabaneh (1988) is a writer and art curator who aims to investigate the dynamic nature of society through arts and literature. Shabaneh studied Architecture at Birzeit University in Palestine. He started his professional career as an urban designer before committing to art curation, alongside experimenting with writing. He has participated in various art exhibitions and cultural events in Palestine. Currently, he works as an independent writer and curator.

Hydra PACE — Platform for Artistic Collaboration and Exchange is the collaboration of three partners from Slovenia, Palestine and Slovakia, aiming to form a growing network of existing and new international artist-in-residency programs for established and emerging artists. 

The project is co-funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Union.



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