Majd Abdel Hamid – kathmandu triennale

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In Search of the Miraculous, 2017

“Yeh, I’ve been searchin’ I’ve been searchin’ Oh yeh, searchin every which way Oh yeh, searchin I’m searchin’ Searchin every which way...” This work is based on an exponential equation of folding a paper. The equation is often used to explain to children the fascinating exponential algorithms if you fold a paper 54 times the distance is equivalent to that of the moon. The four most frequented routes used by refugees that have exponentially grew in the past few years. Each route is calculated via google maps and translated into a distance/depth of a folded paper. It’s impossible to fold the paper, but the audience is invited to. In Search of the Miraculous 2017 is a reference to the last performance by Dutch Artist Bas Jan Ader under the same name, in which the artist sails to oblivion.



Majd Abdel Hamid (b. 1988) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Malmö Art Academy in Sweden (2010) and attended the International Academy of Art in Palestine (2007-2009).

Abdel Hamid works on negotiating national identity, depression, conflict analysis, trauma and time. He uses a variety of media including embroidery/cross stitching, videos, public intervention, and sculptures.


Abdel was a finalist in the Young Artist of the Year Award by A.M. Qattan foundation in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He has participated in several international artists residencies and workshops, including: The March Project, Sharjah Art Foundation (2015); “Former West,” Berlin, Germany (2013); “Truth is Concrete,” Graz, Austria (2012), and was an artist in residence at Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France (2009).