Where There is a Ruin (Alinah Azadeh, 2016)
Where there is a ruin, there is hope for a treasure” – Rumi (Sufi poet)
Where There is a Ruin is both an art installation and a live work set between Coventry Cathedral Ruins, RISING 16 – and online. It evokes a cycle of destruction and renewal which resides in the collective memory of the city – and its connection to so many other places that have been affected by violent conflict.
The project comes out of Alinah’s time as RISING national artist-in-residence and is inspired by her research and engagement with Coventry’s history, its culture of welcome and the leading-edge work of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre.
On Wednesday 16th November, for one day only, there was over 100 small artworks in the Ruins, created and installed by the artist, as a gift to anyone who came in search of one. And, at the end of RISING 16, Alinah hosted a short performance on site, to which an online audience had previously been invited to contribute.
This project acts as a bridge between the closing of RISING 16 and the transition to RISING FREE at Fargo Village, where Alinah performed a spoken word piece of a more autobiographical nature.