Protest – s.t.a.t.e.l.e.s.s (Ahmad Mallah)

8 December 2023


28 January 2024
Sexyland World
From December 8 we showed the exhibition ‘Protest’ by the Palestinian-Syrian queer artist s.t.a.t.e.l.e.s.s (Ahmad Mallah). Ahmad knows all too well what the consequences of war are for the civilians who fall victim to it, such as for the civilians in Palestine. On the one hand, there is a protest that is simple and clear: the bombing of Palestine must stop and the Palestinians must receive emergency aid. That is why we sold works from the Lost & Never Found series and 100 euros from each sale went directly to The Palestine Children Relief Fund.

On the other hand, there is a protest that is more complex and layered: where in history did the spiral of violence begin? What are the consequences of war for individuals and how do the resulting traumas become embedded in individuals and societies? Protest also consists of showing complex issues that cannot be captured in a single Instagram post. Protest also involves making humanity visible and how it is affected by war and violence.

LINK to the fundraiser on Ahmad Mallah’s website

The openings of the exhibition took place on the 8th of December, with a Palestina benefit evening where all profits went to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. With performances by  Ahmad Mallah (s.t.a.t.e.l.e.s.s), Tina Farifte, Sarjon, Rebecca Lillich, Samira Vogel en Julina Vanille Bezold, Arthur van Beek, QAQ, Spicy Dokha and Anna Joan. And special shirts and prints for Palestine by  Emma Fijma.