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Faisal Laibi Sahi

Martyrs, 1978
Oil on canvas
70 x 450 cm

Faisal Laibi Sahi
Born 1947, Basra, Iraq
Lives and works in London, UK

In this painting, Sahi depicts a mournful funerary scene. The monumental work conveys the linear spatial configuration of a funeral procession whereas the repetition of the figures suggests the importance of community in the bereavement of a martyrs’ life. The composition is permeated with a sense of melancholy—most evident in the saddened eyes of all the figures and the grief stricken gestures of the women, representing generations of mothers who lost their sons and daughters to a succession of brutal regimes and to a series of wars.

Text by Sarah Rogers

© Photo: Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation

A Century in Flux - photos

Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 12 May 2018 - 31 May 2023. Curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.

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