The artwork tackles the notion of "Mehrem" or Chaperon in our society. As a religious necessity, the idea of having a male chaperon/ company with the lady (someone who is from her family, like a father or a brother or uncle or husband) was mainly set as one of the Muslim's everyday-life rules so that ladies get protection and help all the times... As a way of taking care of ladies and respecting them in many levels. Today, the idea of "mehrem" reached to an extreme, either too protective that it can get into the ways of being a productive or an active human being or too silly that it is just a signature on paper proving that her "mehrem" approves of a lady traveling on her own without him having to disturb his daily schedule.
A delicate necessity and a gesture of respect, tuned into an accessory a lady should get whether her chaperon is being a mighty chaperon, or a silent lamb.
*Note: This brief has been proofread and approved by my own beloved "mehrem" (aka husband)
Conversations of Rust and Fabric - installation/ mixed media
" The Conversation " is a collaborative piece done by Leon D. and Tamadhar for a group exhibition, where they both decided to translate materials thought to reflect Bahrain. The Piece began having the artists finding and translating these materials, weaved palm tree leaf and rusty saw blade, into derivatives of words linked to their personal experiences and thoughts then illustrated over collage of old pictures of Bahrain as a foundation for the changing conversation. The piece has a film which shows how the artists had that conversation illustrated together silently with rather random imaginations and possibilities of the past, current and future.
Street Art - Wheat Paste
The work resembles few memorable shots from a classic Gulf T.V shows (“Rgayya o Sabeecha”, and "Ala Al-denya Al-salam"). The shows among many others has been drawn in everyone’s memory in the region, the perforemance and the content are one of the great factors that we lack nowadays. A location was found that goes perfectly with the subject - where a building has just been knocked down and only traces of some walls left there.
later sequel of the work was exhibited as part of "Paste it" project (see clip), which was done over a year with a group of artists to promote wheat pasting as a thriving medium in local street art scene.
Paste It Project: Tamadher Alfahal
Diary of A Mad Arabian Woman
Diary of A Mad Arabian Woman - Online Zine
A zine (small circulation, non commercial publication) that talks about the contradictions and uprising arguments in the middle east in the eyes of a young lady. The publication tip-toes on several topics between culture and religion in a funny- sarcastic way, expressing a person who is struggling to define the line between what's right and wrong.
To view the full zine click on the following link:
Living in a time when words like “religion” and “human rights” are being abused; politics became the main theme subject for the young and the old... “al-sha’b yureed” or “people demand” has been extremely popular until it reached a point where it became an expression for the individual rights rather than group rights... The piece demonstrates this conflict between “I” and “the people” and how “alsha’b yureed” has been abused to represent rather individual demands for the price of the others’.
We Have Different Flavors
“We have different Flavours” - Art Installation December 2011
Manama is a city of craftsmanship merchandise, food, spices... A promenade for the young, and the old... A home for the Bahraini, and the tourist... In the heart of Manama you will find the mosque, the church, and the temple all weaved together in a wider web that shelter people from all walks of life.
The concept behind the installation piece is to represent the colorful communities in Manama with different colors like the one we see in the spice market. Since language is a prime indicator of one’s culture, in this piece it is represented through letters as a metaphor for the Arabian, English, Persian and Urdu communities of Manama.
Uncle's Treasure Box
Every person hides away their precious things in treasure boxes. A treasure box could be a bag, a wooden box or even a locked drawer that holds memorabilia; things that trigger memories, belonging, they are things we cherish.
In my grandmother’s house, days before it was to be demolished, I found an old brown leather suitcase belonging to my uncle, and instantly I knew it contained exciting things waiting to be discovered. I found clues to the mystery of who my uncle was as a young man, in love, with his whole life before him. Rediscovering that my uncle had an artistic soul brought back beautiful memories during the midst of a heart-aching event.
My uncle kept this suitcase for years even after he had moved out, and although it was found by another person it was still precious. A question is provoked here: Can you let go of your treasure box; yet still treasure its contents?
About the Project
This moleskin sketchbook is part of AtWork project. It starts from a collection of “art notebooks”, unique works of art created in Moleskine notebooks by different artists. AtWork is a platform that starts with an online exhibition, featuring notebooks donated by various authors/ artists. The aim is to imagine a new way to think of exhibitions, to focus on the process of art and design where ideas are taking forms and developed rather than the end result.
AtWork allows the artworks to circulate with a new free and shared user licence (CC BY-SA), while experimenting with new touring exhibition formats, promoting critical debate in various art contexts and organizing workshops with local communities.
Adapting the notion of "gathering point" as a main theme for the project; I have chosen my gathering point to be the sketchbook itself; where everyone is linked and connected to everyone else. The process which started with interviewing people and writing some stories where every page represent 10 years of their lives helped me to understand how people summarize themselves to a stranger and in a short time. The pages for each person are then stitched and linked to someone else’s page showing how physically can be attached together through common things.
“From a time a building is completed, its destruction begins” F. Gutheim
In architecture, we deal with spaces as building projects, adding concepts and stories to make sense of our designs. In renovation projects we tend to either revive the stories or add new ones; however we do not include how a building ended its life-cycle. This is a series of architectural and design drawings not of structure and function, but of memories and emotions. Its construction lines are crossroads of space and time.