British artist Rachel Gadsden was awarded an Unlimited International commission in 2017 to collaborate with Palestinian artist Ali Saeid Ashour. The outcome is It was Paradise.
Located in London, Liverpool and the West Bank, and inspired by Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish’s poem Under Siege, the collaboration addresses global concerns about migration, the lingering flight of refugees, as well as the isolation of disabled and bereaved people. The project is exhibited on display stands outside Open Eye Gallery.
This event is part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2018 (5 — 15th July) and the festival's enhanced musical programme for 2018, facilitated by the provision of additional resources as part of the Liverpool 2018 celebrations. Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is also made possible thanks to funds from Arts Council England.