Thursday, September 29, 2005


Nuha Asad: Faces with One Feature

Contemporary Art from the Islamic world
from Universes in Universe - World of Art

Nuha Asad: Faces with One Feature
By Mahita El Bacha Urieta

"At the 7th Sharjah Biennial in 2005, marking the second time she ever participated in an exhibition, Nuha Asad showed a continuation of Faces with One Feature, a project initiated the previous year.

It includes photographs of heads wrapped in undulating, red satin cloth, and craned back as though trying to see the sky in spite of their faces being veiled. In other photographs are groups of people with veiled torsos. The visible parts of their bodies (clothing, hands, footwear) hint at what kind of people are hidden under the cloth: local couples and everyday workers, usually recognized as immigrant workers that came to the Emirates from poor countries.
I n reference to this, Nuha Asad says: "Essentially the people are equal, although they might differ regarding their origins, culture, economic situation, or social status. My work is about the humanity in us all, even though I don't aspire to erase the differences between us. Difference is a basic attribute of nature, and something that I accept while focussing on the thin line which separates our common humanity from our cultural and social differences." ...
Mahita El Bacha Urieta is a London based curator and arts/culture projects producer. Recent work includes coordinating the Sharjah Biennial 7, 2005."

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