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Ismail Fatah Al-Turk

Untitled (Seated Man), 1965
36 x 17 x 26.5 cm

Ismail Fatah Al-Turk
Born 1934, Basra, Iraq
Died 2004, Baghdad, Iraq

Often blurring the lines between abstraction and representation, Fattah’s artwork presents a dilemma between figuration and its negation. In his Untitled 1965 sculpture, Fattah depicts limb-like supports for a rectangular core, obscuring any decisive representation. Rendering the inexpressible qualities of human consciousness through sculpture and paint, Ismail Fattah blends form with intangible ideas of human consciousness.

Text by Sarah Rogers and Mandy Merzaban

© Photo: Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation

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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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