The discovery of oil in the Saudi Arabia was a turning point that transformed the way we see ourselves and consume our environment. In this harsh desert climate, salt domes were a great indicator of the presence of an invisible power- natural resources such as gas and oil. The salt in this sense indicates the process of time and future growth and development. On the other hand, the Mormon pioneers in Utah were faced with similar environmental qualities when settling into the Salt Lake Valley. The excess presence of salt threatened their survival. The salt made the land barred and not suitable for growing crops. In both these scenarios, Salt was essential to the survival and expansion of the two faiths and cultures.
The fluids in the human body- the sweat and tears- carry a memory of the ocean. It is similar to the chemical composition of seawater, signifying the origin and evolution of life. Salt is necessary for life, but too much brings death instead. Some destructions are essential. Salt is used to preserve and discourage the growth of unwanted organisms. This dual quality of salt becomes significant to examining other dichotomies of life and death, light and dark, development and destruction.
Emotional Digging. 2016
Digging through the memories, Looking for myself, I am left with the fragments, Distorted, I become Uncertain, unknown I dig with caution, Into myself, so into myself The narcissism, deflects from the pain, The pain is evident, the suffering concealed The love no longer there To heal the trauma of time I am here, but I do not exist The truth has been vandalized, And it will be expressed as such.
Digging through the instances, Through the child's smile, Through the teenage confusion, Through the adult counterfeits, I dig deeper, Into the memories. The memories.... Oh the memories. I let them go. They are not real. I cut into myself deeper, I collect the fragments, I am depressed, regressed, In fear of losing myself again, Only to find myself whole.
Closed for Prayer. 2016
Choice/ Regression. 2016
Still from Choice/ Regression. 2016
Once, we fell from the sky and landed in Babel. 2015
This monument attempts to portray a sensory and experiential space of dichotomies; a contemplative space where contrasting beliefs, objects, and practices are recreated and reappropriated in order to blur the distinction of established systems and their agencies and transform them into a collective city experience. Dichotomies such as modernity and the past, sacred and profane, material and immaterial, labor and leisure, tradition and progress are in contrast because they are in constant threat of losing their value
March Project Exhibit. 2015 | Sharjah Art Foundation
A State of Play. 2014
A State of Play ft Abdullah Miniawy
Photo Credit: Nidal Morra
Imagined Cities. 2008
Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred. _ Walter Benjamin
Throughout my research, I collected several recollections of Martyr’s Square- Beirut by different individuals, all describing the space as it was experienced in different periods. The collection of past accounts and experiences of a space that no longer exists triggered me to imagine, and allowed me to capture the lost sense of belonging by remembering, forgetting, fabricating, and describing an experience of the city. I chose to represent the memory of a space through the space of imagination. The narratives are derived from personal experiences of the space and reflect on an everyday dialect between the space and its occupants through different periods of its history. The narratives offer snapshot impressions that represent a recollected memory, and further, a subjective linear reading of the space.I have created narratives, of four imagined cities, in the means to narrate the memory of a space that becomes a space of memory, an imagined space. By doing so, I am constructing an unattainable city experience through the representations of memory. Each of my imagined cities is describing the accounts of different people who experienced the space in the following periods: City of desires (Pre-war), City of Amnesia (Civil war), City of Order (Post-war), City Of Obsessions (Current).
Each of my posters features a visual construction of Martyr’s Square; the front always containing a photographic spatial construction of the space, and the back describing an impression of a space in time. The described spaces are based on the stories and descriptions of the individuals I have interviewed.