Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s ‘If this is my face, so be it’ in Exhibition: 2017 Capital of Culture and Mass MOCA

In March, Refugee Hosts’ Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poem “If this is my face, so be it” (published in Modern Poetry in Translation in 2016) was exhibited as part of Jenny Holzer’s major light projection show in Aarhus, Denmark. The art installation was part of the Aarhus’ 2017 Capital of Culture celebrations, and saw Qasmiyeh’s poem projected onto the side of the landmark Bispetorv building.

From late-May, Qasmiyeh’s work will also be exhibited in a new major installation by Holzer at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. This year, his poetry has also featured in ‘The Absence of Paths’ as part of the Tunisian Pavilion exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale – you can read his poem, ‘In arrival, feet flutter like dying birdshere.

For more information on Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s creative and academic work, visit the Writer in Residence page here, and read (and listen) to the pieces he has written for the Refugee Hosts project  here and here.

Featured image by Jenny Undskyld – view more photographs of the projection here.

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