Manaf Halbouni


Altwiesenstrasse 181
8051 Zürich
  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

3 cars, various materials

Where do people find accommodation when they have lost their homes? All around the globe, people are on the move. The reasons are manifold: civil wars, natural disasters, as well as the lack of economic means of existence drive migration worldwide and call notions of sedentariness into question. The sculpture Uprooted by Manaf Halbouni (*1984) makes reference to this trend of forced migration while radically questioning European ideas about how to adequately react.

For many people at Europe’s borders, living in provisionally converted cars (restaged here as a dystopian hotel of the future) is a reality. The hotel sculpture installed as part of the project New North Zurich consists of three cars from a scrap yard. These provide living space, divided into kitchen, work and sleep areas and furnished with many details. This artwork makes it possible to experience the dramatic shortening of one’s life radius that people seeking a future undergo. It also challenges residents and visitors to reassess their notion of a home.