For Those Who Couldn’t Cross the Sea

Free entry


I want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark.
Home is the barrel of the gun and no one would leave home unless home
chased you to the shore.
Unless home told you to quicken your legs, leave your clothes behind, crawl through the desert, wade through the oceans,
be hungry
forget pride.
your survival is more important. No one leaves home until home is a sweaty
voice in your ear- saying leave. 

(Warsan Shire)

For Those Who Couldn’t Cross the Sea is a multidisciplinary group exhibition that features the works of five Middle Eastern artists. The exhibition reflects on the experiences of refugees and migrants, as well as the challenges they face in their search for a new home. The aim of the exhibition is to build empathy and highlight patterns of trauma, erasure, identities, belonging, and home.
The exhibition is curated by Elham Fakouri. 


Adel Abidin (IQ/FI)

Ahmed Umar (SD/NO)

Ibi Ibrahim (YE/US)

Thana Faroq (YE/NL)

Pınar Öğrenci (TR/DE)

Image from the work “I don’t recognise me in the shadows” by Thana Faroq

Graphic Design: Janosch Bela Kratz



Accessibility: Hvelfing exhibition space is the lower level of the Nordic House. The space is accessible with a staircase from the west side of the building or an elevator from inside the main hall. The main hall is accessible with a wheelchair ramp.
All restrooms on both levels are gender neutral but please note that accessible restrooms are only on the first level (main hall) and not on the lower level of the building. 
We are always learning about accessibility needs, please let us know if you think your needs are not met and we will make sure your visit will be a pleasant one. Contact: