Adel Abdessemed on “Hope”, interview with Shifting Vision
The title of Adel Abdessemed’s 2011 work Hope
references Caspar David Friedrich’s, Die gescheiterte Hoffnung
(The Wreck of Hope
, 1823–24). Friedreich’s painting expresses the concept of disappointed aspirations, mirroring the tragic results of many migrant journeys. The heavy materiality of Hope
— an actual, dense object — contrasts with the recurring media images of mass migration which have flickered in and out of our screens for more than a decade. Adel Abdessemed recently discussed this notion and what moves him to create, in conversation with Shifting Vision.