Historically, Islamic art has taken the form of attractive shapes, intricate patterns and complex geometry designed to inspire the human mind. It has pushed culture in the direction of incredible mathematical sophistication, blurring the line between art and science. Beyond its aesthetics, it has invited viewers to understand its spirit and think on topics such as life, death and the afterlife.
The newly created installation Thalatha (Three) centers around the essence of Islamic art in a contemporary context. Starting with a formula for creating 24 objects and 24 paperwork inspired by Ibn Muqla’s system of letter design al-khatt al-mansub [proportioned script], a new visual alphabet has been created. The letters of the visual alphabet are made of threads loaded with symbolism and cultural associations as well as its ephemerality and playfulness.