I chose to be an artist. I’m not a politician. I’m interested in people and their feelings. I don’t want to choose one political side. Especially not when political opinions lead to the death of people and the destruction of countries. The most important thing for all forms of art is freedom. An artist should have the freedom to talk about everything including religion, sexuality, and also politics.
Zaher Alchihabi, Aleppo/Syrian — Time-based Media, Solitude fellow 2015–2017
Zaher Alchihabi completed his studies in theater at the drama school in his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. His self-produced short film Self Dialog was chosen as one of the three best applications to study film directing at the European University in Damascus, granting him a scholarship. As a result of the Syrian civil war, his school building was destroyed and he decided to flee to Europe in early 2015. Today he belongs to the team of the organization Zuflucht Kultur e.V. He is currently performing the role of Arbace in the opera Idomeneo, co-directing the accompanying film documentation and working on his own short film.
by Solitude fellows
In its new collective publication, Schlossghost #1, Akademie Schloss Solitude examines the ways in which politics meet artistic and aesthetic practices in contemporary societies. For this the Solitude-fellows who had residencies in 2014, 2015 and early 2016 were invited to reflect on following questions: »Would you say that your practice is political? If so, how would you describe its political dimension?« Schlossghost #1 takes over the role of the traditional yearbooks by the Akademie. Every second year since 1990 they were summarizing all the facets of the work done in Solitude and maintained as a final truth Stéphane Mallarmé’s affirmation that »the ultimate state of the world is a book«. This new publication has lost its materiality and exists only as a virtual yearbook, or one could say as the ghost of a book. WWW.SCHLOSS-GHOST.COM