May 4 - August 13, 2017
Curated by: Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani
EXHIBITION 1 includes work by four female artists from the Islamic world, Dana Awartani, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Zarina Hashmi and Nasreen Mohamedi who’s works seek to examine how architecture and its geometries enters an artist’s consciousness, their vocabularies, and, in turn, their practice. Awartani’s Abjad Hawaz series delves into the ancient scholarly tradition called the science of letters (ilm al huruf) and evolves it into a visual coding that draws upon her deep understanding of geometry and illumination. She builds upon the ancient numerical system by creating a direct translation of number into form and imparts pure meaning using her own method to create a harmonious and formal expression of complex notions that are difficult to succinctly synthesise. The work opens up contemporary spaces for intuitive comprehension of linguistic and semantic systems, revivifying their potent potential for spiritual engagement.