Every Act of Recognition

Every Act of Recognition
Shubbak Festival

Zone 7 - Sloane Sq + King's Rd

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HS




from 25 June | 10am-5pm

£11/£7.50 (entrance fee to the Chelsea Physic Garden)


Sited online and in Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanic garden, ‘Every Act of Recognition Alters What Survives’ is a dynamic, episodic work by Rand Abdul Jabbar, a multi-disciplinary artist born in Baghdad and now living in Abu Dhabi.

Consisting of a series of sculptural interventions, performances and a digital archive, the work emerged from a participatory process in which women of the Iraqi and Arab diaspora in London engaged in conversation around the role of memory in relation to place and history.
Sensitively positioned in the four acre atmospheric Chelsea Physic Garden close to the Thames, four sculptural interventions are set in dialogue with the wide range of plants from across the world, the plants resonate with the artists themes of migration and dispersion.

On certain days co-collaborator Entissar Hajali, one of the original workshop members, leads audiences through a performance walk, reciting her specially written personal text ‘The Climbing Vine.’

The fourth intervention ‘The Garden Scene’ is a re-imagining of the relief of Queen Libbali-Sharrat’s Gardens at Ninevah, currently in the British Museum. The artist’s sculptural response, made to the same size as the original, conveys the collective experience shared by the group of women who are undertaking the journey of ‘Every Act of Recognition Alters What Survives’ together.