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Tammam Azzam, Ammar al-Beik, Mohammed Bozorgi, and Thaier Helal part of FOR-SITE Foundation exhibition
Sanctuary
7 October 2017 - 11 March 2018 | San Francisco, USA
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Tammam Azzam, Ammar al-Beik, Mohammed Bozorgi, and Thaier Helal are represented in Sanctuary, an international exhibition at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Chapel that opens on 7 October. Organised by the FOR-SITE Foundation, 'Sanctuary' invites artists to create images that reflect on the basic human need of safety and shelter. These images are then made into hand-woven prayer rugs, which emphasise the dual nature of this concept: that a sanctuary also serves as a place of contemplation.
 
According to the FOR-SITE Foundation, the artist-designed rugs ‘offer meditations on refuge, identity, and the times in which we live’ and will be on displayed in a former military chapel, a thought-provoking setting that alludes to the backdrop of today’s refugee crisis.
 
Azzam, Al-Beik, Bozorgi, and Helal are featured alongside artists such as Mona Hatoum, Hank Willis Thomas, and Ai Weiwei. The exhibition will be on view until 11 March 2018. 
 

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Image: Tammam Azzam's rug design, courtesy of the artist.