Kevork Mourad: Seeing Through Babel
November 28, 2023–April 21, 2024

Transcend linguistic divides in a reimagining of the story of the Tower of Babel.

Experience Kevork Mourad's extraordinary installation as he reimagines the iconic story of the Tower of Babel — an ancient tale that tells the story of the city and tower of Babel and explains the origins of the world's linguistic diversity and the consequences of the dispersion of languages.


Seeing Through Babel explores the profound influence of language diversity in shaping our shared humanity, inviting us to reflect on the beauty of our differences and their contribution to our collective tapestry. Mourad's installation encourages each individual to find a piece of themselves within this celebration of differences.


Using delicate layers of hand-printed textiles adorned with calligraphy and imagery inspired by ancient stone artifacts from various cultures worldwide, Mourad meticulously crafted this installation to evoke the timeless form of the Tower of Babel.


The Museum wishes to thank Zahoor and Taslim Samji for their support in the acquisition of Kevork Mourad: Seeing Through Babel.

About Kevork Mourad


Born in Qamishli, Syria, in 1970, Kevork Mourad lives and works in New York City. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia. He is the only visual artist in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Known for his multilayered artworks, Mourad’s exhibition Immortal City was on view at the Rose Art Museum (2018), the exhibition Time Immemorial was shown at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (2019), Seeing Through Babel at the Aga Khan Centre in London (2019), and Memory Gates at the Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross College (2020). Employing his technique of live drawing and animation in concert with musicians, Mourad has also developed a performance practice and has performed in many venues around the world.


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