On the occasion of the Arab world’s appearance as guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Schirn realizes a project titled “NEARER THE NEAR EAST.” According to the objective of the book fair’s focal theme, the project in public space has been conceived as a contribution to an ongoing intercultural dialogue. It assembles statements by Kader Attia, Mounir Fatmi, Hassan Khan, and Rosalind Nashashibi – young artists of a generation whose members regard themselves as strangers and feel at home both in the Western and in the Arab world.

The artists will make use of large-format advertising spaces on eight buses of the Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH. Relying on the simplistic means of advertising, they will temporarily enrich the urban space with pictures reflecting their individual experience. Steadily on the move, the buses will transport these snapshots from one place to another.