Inspired by a seed’s ability to sprout roots in new environments, Kourbaj will grow Syrian wheat (donated by ICARDA) at Kettle’s Yard and Downing College, creating new work in collaboration with The Heong Gallery, Cambridge University Botanic Garden and the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The exhibition – the artist’s largest to date – will include installation, sculpture, performance and works on paper. Kourbaj will be present at intervals throughout the exhibition, which will evolve as he adds to the displays.

A concurrent exhibition of work by Issam Kourbaj is taking place at the Heong Gallery, Downing College, Cambridge. A new publication will explore the themes and artworks in both exhibitions. ‘Issam Kourbaj: Urgent Archive’ is curated by Guy Haywood and Amy Tobin.