February 24 - May 8, 2016
Curated by: Reem Fadda
Assistant Curator: Ilaria Conti
Awartani’s sculptures and drawings are inspired by an ancient study of shapes within the Euclidean tradition called the Platonic Solids, which are considered as the only five ‘perfect’ shapes in three-dimensional space that derive from a sphere. Awartani has reinvented them and made them her own by using her visual language of sacred geometry, giving them a fresh perspective while emphasizing the relevance that these shapes have played within Islamic art, and the importance of cross cultural exchange and knowledge within our ever-hostile society. She has created the sculptures in collaboration with traditional craftsmen in Morocco who have always been a source of inspiration throughout her practice. Awartani hopes to encourage the revival of an art form that is dying out, in order to bridge the gap between the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary, to create a new visual language that embraces both harmoniously and gives craftsmanship a relevance and innovative identity in the current art world.