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Emirates Fine Art Society

Künstler an diesem Ort:
Khadim Ali

Künstler und Werk  

Über diesen Ort, Karte  

Ausstellung:
Journey Beyond the Arrow
Kuratorin: Zoe Butt

Khadim Ali

* 1978 Quetta, Pakistan. Lebt in Sydney und Kabul.

Flowers of Evil. 2019
Eine Werkreihe im Auftrag der Sharjah Art Foundation.
Details auf den Bildseiten

Über die Werkreihe

As one of the persecuted Hazara people of Afghanistan, Khadim Ali explores the symbols, characters, language and image-making defined and redefined across the history of his culture of origin. His SB14 project, 'Flowers ofEvil' (2019), features a mural and installation at Emirates Fine Arts Society that address weapons and their symbolic social weight. A presentation at Sharjah Art Museum examines the normalisation of violence in Afghanistan today through education, propaganda, protest and material culture.

The work contemplates the exploitation of faith and charity as social agent and political influence. In the twentieth century, religious texts such as the Shahnameh—authored in Mahmoud Ghaznavi's court (971-1030) to motivate his warriors—have been used to legitimise acts of violence. For example, the Taliban claim Shahnameh hero Rustam as their own, calling themselves the 'Rustam of Islam'. Western aid agencies open schools that teach political violence as revolutionary acts, while Afghans displaced by the Soviet Union and later the United States produce tapestries picturing war in scenes of daily life.

Ali also questions whether the normalisation of violence can be supported or challenged by aesthetic examination. His work considers the use of flags as cultural representations of aid, the monumentalisation of the bomb as a symbol of martyrdom, the prevalence of propaganda songs and the role of archives that visualise recurring political histories. Throughout his project, the artist contemplates his responsibility to examine the relationship between past and present, the transference of history and the power bound up in its interpretation.

This work was co-facilitated by Bamyan Art Centre and reflects craftsmanship from Isfahan, Bamiyan, Kabul and Yogyakarta. Ali thanks Ali Baba Aurang, Atika Hussain, Aziz Hazara, Golsom Haidary, Mohammad Hadi Rahnaward, Razia Haidary, Sher Ali Hussainy, Art Meredeka Yogyakarta, Jafarian Crafts Isfahan, Milani Gallery and A3 Art Agency.

Text aus dem Sharjah Biennale 14 Guidebook
© 2019 Sharjah Art Foundation


Emirates Fine Arts Society

Nicht-kommerzielle Assoziation von Künstlern und Kunstspezialisten der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, gegründet 1980. Der Hauptsitz ist in Sharjah, Zweigstellen gibt es in Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah und Khor Fakkan. Die Emirates Fine Arts Society ist Mitglied der Arab Art Association und der Internationalen Assoziation der Bildenden Künste IAA/AIAP (Hauptquartier in Paris, Frankreich).

Das Hauptquartier in Sharjah mit seinem überdachten Innenhof und einer Galerie ist für Besucher offen und bietet Nicht-Mitgliedern Workshops an.

Sharjah Biennale 14:
Leaving the Echo Chamber

7. März - 10. Juni 2019

Über 80 Beteiligte

Kuratorinnen, Kurator, Ausstellungen:

Zoe Butt: Journey Beyond the Arrow

Omar Kholeif: Making New Time

Claire Tancons: Look for Me All Around You


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