28–29 July What Happens To The Geographical Borders When The Land Itself Moves?


–– Exhibition by Blitz resident artist Cihad Caner

The culmination of Cihad Caner’s residency at Blitz is presented as an exhibition, free and open to all.

Friday 28 July 2017, 4.30–7.30pm
Opening event – Join us for drinks and exhibition viewing.

Saturday 29 July 2017, 3.00–6.00pm
Galleries open to the public
4.30pm – Free floor talk with the artist and Blitz Director, Alexandra Pace


During his residency at Blitz, Cihad Caner investigates current mass migration by focusing on the role of water. The world is witnessing some of the largest refugee flows since the Second World War. Meanwhile, water crises are highlighted as one of the most pressing global challenges. In this context, migration and refugee flows are increasingly explained in terms of water scarcity perpetuated by climate change. For example, the drought of 2007-2010 in Syria as one of the main causes of the ongoing uprising and subsequent civil war, and the Mediterranean sea becoming a subsequent mode of passage for the people who had to flee. The project will reveal the ecological as well as political aspects of water.

Cihad Caner (b. 1990) is an artist living and working in Rotterdam and Istanbul, who works primarily with photography, video, CGI and sculpture. Recent work focuses on the subjects of image culture; on ways the “other” is portrayed and the utilisation of objects in daily life, and different circumstances, such as war, resistance and immigration. Recently he has exhibited at V2_Unstable Media, Hong Kong Arts Center, AMNUA Museum, National Gallery of Iceland, Mother Gallery London, Bohai Galerie and EYE Film Museum. In 2016 Caner graduated with a Masters in Media Design and Communication, from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

The Blitz Residency Programme is supported by Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture. Blitz is supported by Arts Council Malta through a Cultural Partnership Agreement. Cihad Caner is the receipient of the Portfolio Review Blitz Residency Award