MAMNOO3
FORBIDDEN

By SINA ATA
 
18 September to 7 October 2012

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 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.


 

 

Previous Exhibitions

MIKE V. DERDERIAN - 'CIRQUE DU HABALEENO '

GHASSAN GHAIB WITH SCULPTURES BY AHMED AL BAHRANI - 'HANINE (NOSTALGIA) '

CHARLOTTA SPARRE - 'ABCD – A DREAM OF FOUR CITIES '

MOHAMMED AL SHAMMAREY - 'WASAT AL BALAD / DOWNTOWN'

TARIQ DAJANI - 'SAQR'

AMMAR KHAMMASH - 'FOSSILS OF TIME & LIGHT'

KARIN MAYER & AHMED AL KHALIDI - 'URBAN EXCHANGE'

BADER MAHASNEH - 'EXPOSURES'

GHADEER SAEED - 'MEMORIES OF LOVE & WAR'

SALEH ABU SHINDI - 'VOCABULARY OF LINES AND COLOUR'

MONA SAUDI - 'SONG FOR THE EQUINOX'

BADER MAHASNEH - 'SCULPTING THE WATER'

TARIQ DAJANI -  'ABOVE WADI RUM'

HAKIM JAMAIN -  '30 DAYS IN LUXOR'

ABORIGINAL ART - ANCIENT ABSTRACTIONS

3 DIMENSIONS, 3 JORDANIAN ARTISTS

SHEREEN AUDI - 'EXPRESSIONS OF A FREE SOUL'

FLOODED LONDON – FIVE IMAGES OF THE FUTURE

Contemporary Australian Indigenous Prints and Paintings

ASIL Photographs of Arabian Horses by Tariq Dajani at Zara Centre Gallery

Didgeridoo … da..da