Alex Ayed Owls and Promises en


Alex Ayed
Owls and Promises
11 Jun–24 Jul 2022

Objects tell stories, belong to places, evoke memories and initiate encounters. Driven by the idea of being projected into the position of others, into their imaginary and lived-in worlds, artist Alex Ayed pursues an experimental and explorative practice with unpredictable outcomes. In a state of the improvised and chaotic, all manner of objects, whether discarded, sought-after, gifted or manufactured, are brought together in assemblages and spatial installations.

Taken out of their context and time, leaving only faded and intermittent traces, Ayed’s works elude clear attributions, yet at the same time establish new ones: correlations between the promise and its redeeming action, places and people, the hidden and the obvious are intuited, imagined, explored and recalled. Ayed’s exhibition, inhabited by a distinct moment of transience and able to express itself through a tactile and seemingly provisional nature, is therefore neither a point of arrival nor ending; instead, it is a poetically vague outlook on all that could still be to come.  

Owls and Promises is Ayed’s first institutional solo exhibition in Europe, curated by Theresa Roessler.

Exhibition handout

With special thanks to Paul Becker GmbH in Freiburg:

The exhibition is made possible by the friendly support of Bureau des arts plastiques of the Institut français Deutschland and the French Ministry of Culture:

The exhibition is supported by Stiftung der Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and the Artists’ Contacts Programme of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations:


Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 7 pm
Opening Night with Introduction by Theresa Roessler, Curator

Thu, 23 Jun 2022, 7 pm
Guided Tour with Heinrich Dietz

Fri, 1 Jul 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition Tour with
Junge Kunstfreund*innen

Thu, 14 Jul 2022, 7 pm
Curator’s Tour with Theresa Roessler

Sat, 23 Jul 2022, 8 pm
Night of Museums
Sound Performance
Martina Lussi

Sun, 24 Jul 2022, 2–4 pm
Workshop for Children 6–12 years
Printing Workshop with Buchkinder Freiburg e.V.
(Registration required)