Aya Haidar, ‘Exile and the United Kingdom’, 2016, ATHR

ARTIST STATEMENT
EXILE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM, 2016

Amongst the items abandoned by my family was my grandfather’s copy of Albert Camus' Exile and the Kingdom.

In 1982, my grandparents were granted entry into the United Kingdom through my grandfather’s diplomatic authority, the official letter issued was also recovered from the home.
By subtly doctoring the cover of the book to read Exile and the United Kingdom, juxtaposed with the original document offering them exile into the United Kingdom, serves to present a humorous entry point into broader discourse of exile and diaspora. By presenting these two documents side by side, an ironic dialogue is created between the doctored title of a book once left behind and the original document literally allowing them exile into the (United) Kingdom.