Sifting through the absolute, the predefined, constructs of anxiety, and the absurdity of the agreed-upon in a time of excess. How does one place one's coordinates in the physical, metaphysical, and the digital citizenry? It is said that the gravitational forces exerted by the planets affect the circulation of human bodies and emotions as much as they affect the oceans. Youtube and google image search help to assemble an uncomfortable space for a question spanning practices of compulsion and purification.
Reem Al Naser’s project began as an exploration of society’s customs and rituals, their intransigence and their adaptation to the change that affects their communities.
In this installation, AlNasser recreates the ornaments a bride from the south of Saudi Arabia (Jizan) is adorned with the day of her marriage. These flower adornments are made from the Arabian Jasmine, primarily weaved and designed by Yemenis. In recent times, these arrangements came to be called Full Rassass (Jasmine bullet).
The artist is commenting on the concept of glorification. Like these jasmine buds plucked early, fading and withering before they are given a chance to blossom, so is the fate of many young women. Escaping the yoke of a strict and severe upbringing, many find themselves caught in a transfer of authority from the parents to the husband.
The juxtaposition of Full and Rassass is one of dark reality: life and death, celebration and mourning, glorification and vilification. These are themes of existence; however, the issue arises when one aspect predominates alternative realities.
Athr would like to present the most recent bodies of work by Sarah Abu Abdallah, Zahrah Al Gahmdi, Reem Al-Nasser, and Mohamed Monaiseer. These artists come from different parts of the region of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, and their work reflects on the social norms that bring us together and take us apart. Their common interest also lies in issues of domestic life, the environment and anthropology. They have each developed a strong visual language ranging from video, photography, paintings to site-specific installations.
During the fair, Zahrah Al Ghamdi and Reem Al-Nasser will have works at Walking Through Walls, an exhibition curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath at the Gropius-Bau, and Sarah Abu Abdallah’ solo exhibition, For The First Time In A Long Time is ongoing at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, curated by Tobias Peper.