Becoming by Héla Ammar

Shubbak Commission

Becoming is a new site-specific installation in Shepherd’s Bush Market. Tunisian artist Héla Ammar spent time with women in London who have recently arrived, and are carefully balancing the normality of London living with a period of personally unsettled existence.

Large-scale portrait photographs are pasted on different surfaces in the market. Voices and stories, sourced through interviews, are audible and blend with the different sounds of the market. Visitors are invited to pause and contemplate on questions of displacement, migration, integration, coexistence, belonging and becoming in the midst of a bustling market environment, where many nationalities and cultures meet.

Join Shubbak in celebrating two of its participatory commissions by Tunisian visual artist Héla Ammar and Iraqi photographer Hassan Al Mousaoy on 29 June – register for the private view here

Presented with additional support from Qatar Foundation International, British Council, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, in collaboration with Single Homeless Project and Scheherazade Initiative.

Héla Ammar

Héla Ammar is a Tunisian visual artist and lawyer. Memory, identity and marginal communities are recurrent themes in her work. She has exhibited in major international biennales, including regular installations at Dream City in Tunis. Her works are in the collections of the British Museum and the Institut du Monde Arabe.


Fri 28 June–Sat 13 July 2019


Closed on Sundays

Shepherd’s Bush Market

Shepherd’s Bush
London, W12 8DF
View on map

Explore the works