Reflections on power structures

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感谢 Ajlan Gharem 予gooood分享以下内容。
Appreciation towards Ajlan Gharem for providing the following description:


The mosque is a symbol of the power structures that rise above the individual; whether in the form of other brother, father, imam or state. The mosque is at once a free public place, and one where attendance is mandatory.

▼项目概览,overview ©Ajlan Gharem

Paradise Has Many Gates是艺术家Ajlan Gharem的第一件装置作品,这是一座10米x6.5米的清真寺,由工业钢材建造而成。Ajlan的装置延续了传统伊斯兰礼拜场所的设计和功能,却在形式上对应了西方国家为阻止难民和非法移民进入而在边界建起的牢笼。

▼项目视频,the video ©Ajlan Gharem

Paradise Has Many Gates is Ajlan Gharem’s first installation work – a 10 x 6.5 meter mosque constructed from industrial steel. While true to the design and function of a traditional Islamic place of worship, Ajlan’s mosque is built from the same cage-like material that Western countries use to erect fences along their borders, preventing refugees and illegal immigrants from entering.

▼“清真寺”还是“牢笼”?a mosque or a cage ©Ajlan Gharem

▼内部视角,interior view ©Ajlan Gharem


Along with the installation, the work includes a video of the artist and other construction workers building the mosque in the desert outside Riyadh, staging a prayer performance and then deinstalling it.

▼建造视频,video, the making process ©Ajlan Gharem


Evoking feelings of imprisonment and anxiousness by way of its caged structure, while also representing Muslims’ center of prayer, this mosque invites all visitors, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, to question how we designate and behave within sacred spaces, and how their meaning will differ between generations and cultures.

▼阳光穿过装置,sun light through the Muslim ©Ajlan Gharem

▼夕阳余晖中的装置,Muslim in the sunset ©Ajlan Gharem

▼夜景,night view ©Ajlan Gharem

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