‘Pieces of The PEACE’ – Installation by Esna Su at Sarabande Foundation


Sarabande Foundation presents 'Pieces of the PEACE', by artist-in-residence, Esna Su.

Su grew up close to the Syrian border in Turkey. Her practice has been greatly informed by these origins and also by techniques handed down through generations of her family.

In 2017, as part of Refugee Week at Sarabande, Su exhibited ‘The Rubble Talks Too’; a performance aimed at representing the journey of refugees using a series of transformational and wearable sculptures that explored the struggle of displacement. This marked the beginning of Su’s, ‘The Refugee I’ collection, of which 'When The Nest Falls' and ‘Pieces of the PEACE’ are extensions of.

‘Pieces of The PEACE’ Installation

Following Su’s ‘When The Nest Falls’ performance, her collection will remain in the space and will be displayed as an installation. The tones of these sculptures are representative of bridal homes, henna and the colour of the soil of Syria. In addition, waved blue Swarovski Crystals characterize the sea, paying tribute to the refugees who were drowned in the Mediterranean when seeking refuge.

At the entrance, the “Pieces of the PEACE” carpet will be presented. Here, images of destruction, war and exodus will be projected onto a splintered carpet, made from paper rush and woven with muslin and gauze, bridging the gaps and asperities of its surface. Each fragment is inlaid with 3,700 Swarovski crystals, representative of the distance (km) between London and Aleppo, forming one of the 6 Arabic letters of السلام (Al-Salam), The Peace. Like a shrapnel or seeds for hope, sharp yet luminous, the crystals inhabit the carpet, which itself appears wounded.

Each crystal, will be inset manually by 65 women and women with children during a workshop help by Su, indicative of the number of Syrian cities. This initiative aims to facilitate and celebrate the collaborative process of creation, mending and reflection.

It’s been over 7 years since the war in Syria started. Despite hope for the war to come to an end, it continues to expand, destroying the homes and lives of those in small villages and cities until they are completely unrecognisable from their former state. In turn, hopes of building new lives have been crushed, resulting in a surplus of refugees seeking asylum.


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Date 21/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
Time 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Venue Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation
22 Hertford Road
N1 5SH
County (optional)
Sarabande Foundation
Sarabande Foundation
Category Arts and Culture
Price Free