What about the Dead Fish? Item Number: 3280/2 from the MOA: University of British Columbia

Description

Small photograph printed on plexiglas, showing a mural painted on a building. A concrete staircase is at bottom left, against a grey decaying concrete wall with a brick under-layer showing through in several places. On the wall is painted a woman appearing to sit on the staircase, wearing a blue burka. On the right is a verse in Arabic writing. The artist’s initials (SH) are painted in blue below. Cans of spray paint can be seen sitting on the steps.

History Of Use

This photographic reproduction was made in Vancouver for the exhibition "Traces of Words". The original was a mural painted on the ruins of the Russian Cultural Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, which has since been destroyed.

Narrative

The text reads: "The water can come back to a dried-up river, but what about the fish that died?"