Doorway | 2016
Screenprint on handmade paper. Edition of 6. 38 x 28 cm
Created for Absence & Presence, a printmaking response to the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad in 2007.
Exhibited in Exeter Library (UK) and Kaleider (UK) 2016. A film of this event can be watched here.
Three images in all are juxtaposed through this layered screen-printing. The doorway, the suns rays and the bomb blast. Lament and hope, absence and presence.
Ali's Poem | 2017
Screenprint on handmade banana paper. 32 x 22 cm.
Created for the book al-Mutanabbi Street, a public art project by Modellab.
On March 5, 2017, a group of people gathered in Yarranabbe Park, Sydney for a poetry and literature reading. Poet Ali Aldahesh read from his own poetry and his voice was recorded and reconfigured as a sound line image overlaid upon an image of a brick wall.
Pages from the ebook al-Mutanabbi Street by Modelab
From the book:
"In collaboration with artists Catherine Cartwright, Heather Matthew and poet Ali Aldahesh, Modelab organized an Arabic poetry and literature reading at Yarranabbe Park, Sydney, where the 320m length of al-Mutanabbi Street were laid out ...
Yarranabbe Park shares dimensions (around 300 meters length) and the proximity to a body of water of al-Mutanabbi Street, which is close to the Tigris River.
With this symbolic gesture, we acknowledged the importance of al-Mutanabbi and Arabic literature in general, but also of diversity, tolerance and the free exchange of ideas.
As Beausoleil wrote,“we recognize that this distant landscape is our own, and we must walk through it”.