By SINA ATA
18 September to 7 October 2012
Sina Ata’s photographs capture the word ‘Mamnoo3’, taken in Beirut, Amman, Dubai, Ramallah and Cairo, are images now seen outside of their original context. While the word itself dictates to the viewer, once removed from its original context the interpretation takes on a broader meaning, one the artist sees as indicative of current times.
“The idea behind the collection is to capture the mindset of the Arab street through street signs. The one that is most prominent is the one that tells you what you cannot do, taken symbolically it reflects years of oppression, fear and the punishment that awaits you if you don’t obey. The word Forbidden is quite popular, forbidding us to park here, cross there or smoke anywhere. Taken out of context it takes a life of its own making the messages both political and social. The signs I chose to take pictures of were mostly hand written and not printed, I felt it had more power when there was a human element woven into the word.“
The images were first shown as part of a group exhibition at the Across Borders gallery in Lucerne, Switzerland early in 2011, and at that time they were seen in the light of the start of the Arab revolutions. A year later the images have a different edge, where instead of people taking it upon themselves to paste the word, they have taken it upon themselves in other ways as well.
MIKE V. DERDERIAN
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GHASSAN GHAIB WITH SCULPTURES BY AHMED AL BAHRANI
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- 'ABCD – A DREAM OF FOUR CITIES
MOHAMMED AL SHAMMAREY
- 'WASAT AL BALAD / DOWNTOWN'
AMMAR KHAMMASH - 'FOSSILS OF TIME & LIGHT'
KARIN MAYER & AHMED AL KHALIDI
- 'URBAN EXCHANGE'
MAHASNEH - 'EXPOSURES'
SAEED - 'MEMORIES OF LOVE &
SALEH ABU SHINDI
- 'VOCABULARY OF LINES AND COLOUR'
SAUDI - 'SONG FOR THE
MAHASNEH - 'SCULPTING
TARIQ DAJANI -
'ABOVE WADI RUM'
HAKIM JAMAIN -
DAYS IN LUXOR'
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