Beauty ideals and their consequences are not immutable, natural or unavoidable. They are socially constructed. This means that what people take to be normal and fixed facts about the world are actually determined by social norms, culture and social interaction.
Performance/Video Art . Dur: 00:01:59 . Y 2020
With: TSUKI BERGHAIN
COULD YOU RESIST?
Emphasizing the act of resistance within oneself against cultural traditions and standards.
The art work is made from a black box with a mirror on the inside and an analog photograph of the artist covering its open side. In the photograph, the hand is cut out and folded backward, leaving a hole through which one can look inside the box and see what’s reflected in the mirror. The piece forces the audience to engage with the object and play with their perspective.
Sculpture . S 15 X 10,5 X 15 cm . Y 2020
PLAY IT QUEER!
Play it queer is a simulation of a quixotic Arabic Muslim queer world, imagining new ways of being, thinking, and articulating desires and longing, love and struggle. The piece looks at the violence that is imposed on ways of being queer in the Middle Eastern world parallel to the Western present we live in.
It is a condemnation of those who forbid queerness and see it as a crime and a sin in the Arab Muslim world. It revolves around the figure of the Makkah imam ‘Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, highlighting his effect on the construction of racial, religious, gender and sexual differences in the West.
Digital illustration . Print . S 59.4 X 42.0 cm . Y 2019
Caution of the triple white.
The origins of modern global trade are founded in sugar. First encountered by the Europeans in the 15th century, sugar later became a staple good as the Age of Discovery and foreign dominance opened up trading routes and paved the way for the shipment of sugar back to the homeland. Indeed, colonial settlement and expansion often began with the seizure of lands for the purpose of producing sugar. Sugar cane plantations and the processing of sugar generated much wealth for Europeans. The sweetness of sugar, however, belies the bitter history of a commodity harvested by slaves as Africans sold to white traders replaced Europeans in the plantations. Triangular trade involved the exchange of goods for slaves between Europe and West Africa and the sale of slaves to transatlantic plantation owners in return for sugar.
Sculpture . Video Art . Dur 00:02:42. Y 2021
Poem: MARXUS ABSI
During the pandemic, the lockdown installed new regulations regarding meetings within one’s own home that prioritized family members. But then I started to think, what about those without biological families? What does family mean? What is the blood/name bond? Can we consider those who guard our inner memories, feelings, history and traumas as family? Carving on wood like carving memories.
Wood Carving Relief . Y 2020
[Sob-hiy-eh] is a word used to describe an eventful morning gathering to drink Middle Eastern coffee “and more.” Traditionally, visitors bring the coffee pot with them.
[Sob-hiy-eh] is a colloquial phrase used only in spoken form, mostly known among women and queers (no- children policy) as a form of socializing. It is a highlight of the day due to the amount of news and gossip which is exchanged during the morning meeting.
[Sob-hiy-eh] was a therapeutic convention to release the tension that one had accumulated from constantly facing reality. Our routines before the pandemic included these rhythmic morning meetings. We all needed a getaway, and [Sob-hiy-eh] was one.
Using augmented reality, [Sob-hiy-eh] is possible in the lockdown despite the strict rules, as it transforms the 2D poster into a moving poster in a real-time environment using the ARTIVIVE AR-platform (augmented reality).
Augmented reality opens a new understanding of the 21st century; what kind of impact will it have on societies across the globe? Are we slowly moving into living in the “cloud?” Is our behavior turning artificial?
Digital Collage . Print . S 59.4 X 42.0 cm . Y 2020