The Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari proposes a piece in constant evolution, in which he represents today’s world leaders in the guise of refugees. On the occasion of his exhibition at the National Theatre, he will live-paint a face known in Belgian politics to complete his canvas.
The Boat is a work in progress, as leadership is passed on and problems inherited.
The Boat is a part of The Vulnerability Series, the internationally renowned project of visual artist Abdalla Al Omari, where he painted portraits of world leaders as refugees, challenging the notions of vulnerability and power.
Painting world leaders together in a rickety wooden boat as refugees trying to find a better future emphasises the shared responsibility for the state of the world. The painting can be viewed as a work in progress, as leadership is passed on and all problems inherited. One can find the faces of Xi, Trump, Obama, Merkel, Macron, Orban, Assad, May, Kim Jong Un, Cameron, Putin, Modi, King Salman, El Khameini.
The leaders are often shown in provocative combinations, ironically challenging current relations between them.