The core concept of this work centers on notions of autonomy within the wider context of religion. One of the verses in the Quran tells the story of the prophet Mohammad asking people to follow him and them refusing, using their deceased fathers as their reason. Their own personal reasons for defiance preceded their servitude towards their religion.Arab traditions have always had a stronghold throughout the region’s society, which tend to dictate many aspects of our lives. These determinants sway the balance between right and wrong, dictate who we marry, and certainly delimit the capacity of what we can and cannot do in our every day. With that comes a whitewash of freedoms, overridden by patriarchy and replaced with burden.
This body of work originates from the history of motif making in 14th century Morocco. The pattern-makers were inspired by the natural landscapes, which altered the geometry of their forms. Islamic patterns were first seen on the walls of Mosques.
The global common thread between them is the Mehrab, a semi-circular tomb carved into the wall that functions as a natural amplifier of sound. They were used to project the prayer leader’s voice to the back of the room. For many years Mehrabs were also used as a podium or platform for spreading messages of negative content, ultimately leading to a popular misconception of Islamic culture that has been hard to shun to this day. This body of work involves the extraction of the body of the Mehrab from the structural walls that carried it, and inverts their function to project Islamic patterns. This reversed experience allows one to have a moment of clarity, reflection, and recollection by immersing their body in the beauty of this visual chatter–dialogue among shapes and forms. The audience hence distances themselves from the misconceptions and overtaken by the sublime.
ATHR is proud to present its 5th edition of Young Saudi Artist; “PULSE”
The biannual exhibition for Young Saudi based artists. The exhibition is a conclusion of an extensive call-out, which was open to both Saudi nationals and residents living in Saudi that are between the age of 15 and 35.
This Year’s YSA exhibition is inspired by the youths pulse, a rhythmical vibration, an electrical current that keeps the youth bursting with new and exciting ideas. Be it emotional, physiological or figurative. As channels sweeping through time and space, serve to echo the sounds of our times. Their propagation is in fact a result of critical deliberation about the various issues influencing our day-to-day realities.
Recognizing the specificity of each of the 25 artists’ works, whereby Time alludes to the indefinite sway between past, present and future as a continued progress of existence.