Destiny Disrupted
curated by Nur Shkembi

“It is a commitment to see the history of art in conjunction with the history of humanity — a proposition that is humble, self-evident and audacious.(i)Geeta Kapur

Destiny Disrupted (ii) holds within it the spirit of Kapur’s words – in the artist we find the documentation of history, as well as the revolution and revelation of it folded into the cultural landscape through the material manifestation of the artist’s practice. The role of the artist as witness, maker, agitator, disruptor and social agent readily occupies the space found at the intersection of art and humanity. In the act of such disruption, we find the innate desire to grapple with our destiny, an action which breaks open the possibilities of the future, and in doing so reinvigorates the importance of art and of artists themselves. – Nur Shkembi

  • (i) Geeta Kapur from a transcript of the keynote lecture ‘Recursive narrative: ways of producing art history’ held at Haus der Kunst, Münich, Germany 14th October, 2016. Published source. Accessed online 28th February, 2021.

  • (ii) The exhibition Destiny Disrupted, draws its title from a pivotal text titled Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, written by Afghan American historian Tamim Ansary, published in 2010 by Little Brown publishers.

FLENK Collective created 3 creative learning activities that focus on the practice and artworks of the following artists in the exhibition Destiny Disrupted:

  • Shireen Taweel

  • Hossein and Nassiem Valamanesh

  • Safdar Ahmed

The resources all contain an artist biography, active Acknowledgement of Country activities, warm-up activity, main activity and a reflection activity. You can use the activities within this page or download them as a PDF.

Shireen Taweel

This activity encourages participants to engage with creative, poetic and imaginative listening, and make connections with their own cultural and ancestral stories. You can also download the PDF version of this activity.

Hossein and Nassiem Valamanesh

This activity focuses on the artwork and practice of artists Hossein and Nassiem Valamanesh. It engages participants with the stories and meanings of objects, and activates their imaginations to consider objects beyond their everyday use. You can also download the PDF version of this activity.

Safdar Ahmed

This activity engages with the artwork and practice of artist Safdar Ahmed. It engages students with the importance of community and nurturing their own interior world. The activity encourages a questioning of conventional narrative frames through affective experience. You can also download the PDF version of this activity.

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