On the central wall in this image is Iraqi artist Faisal Laibi Sahi’s 1978 work Martyrs. 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, Photography by Capital D Studio
Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 12 May 2018 - 31 May 2023. Curators: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.