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A Light Within I & II 2018

Aziza Iqbal

Hand-cut mirrors and old Teakwood

Islamic art perfectly encapsulates the paradoxical nature of Duality: revealed and secret, simple and complex, process and result, introspection with revelation. This duality is also illustrated in two of Allāh’s 99 Names, Al Bātin, The Hidden and Az-Zāhir, The Manifest.

The title references a beautiful parable in the Holy Qur'ān, from Sūrah an-Noor, verse 35, which speaks of Spiritual Light, and of which Allāh is the Supreme Source. Inspired by this metaphor of sparkling glass and inner light, Aziza combines her love of architecture, mosaics and mirrors, with the duality of reflections and shadows.

With support from craftsmen Prasad Mhatre and Akbar Ali

1. A Light within I, 2018 (£3170)

2. A Light Within II, 2018 (£3170)

2. A Light Within II, 2018 (£3170)

 

Al Jaqmaqiyya I & II 2018

Sara Choudhrey

Laser etched and cut wood

Inspired by the principle of making knowledge accessible for all, Al Jaqmaqiyya I and II provide the viewer with a dual level insight into the construction methods used in traditional Islamic geometry. 

Using a pattern found upon the stone mihrāb of the 15th century Al Jaqmaqiyya Madrassa in Damascus, Syria, the 16-fold pattern conveys the significance of individual shapes contributing to larger compositions. 

In this contemporary rendering, the hidden structure is made visible for the viewer to share the experience of proportional geometry, encouraging their engagement through the use of depth, shadows and alignment.

3. Al Jaqmaqiyya I 2018 (£910)

3. Al Jaqmaqiyya I 2018 (£910)

4. Al Jaqmaqiyya II 2018 (£910)

4. Al Jaqmaqiyya II 2018 (£910)

 

Maryam Zamani I  2018

Sara Choudhrey

Laser etched and cut wood

The geometric patterns in this series reference decorative art from historic architectural sites in Syria and Pakistan, some in ruins or in the process of restoration. By bringing this subject to the fore, questions can be raised regarding our interactions and responses to changing spaces.  

The Maryam Zamani Masjid in Lahore, Pakistan, is one of the earliest Mughal mosques built. A masjid with a significant and tumultuous history, it is currently undergoing restoration of its vast fresco-covered surfaces. The masjid is still in use by local residents and able to serve its purpose but only whilst a value for its form and function is retained.

5. Maryam Zamani I 2018 (£975)

5. Maryam Zamani I 2018 (£975)

 

Santiponce 2018

Sara Choudhrey

 

It Matters  2018

Esra Alhamal

Mixed media including shell gold and natural pigments

Art is by its nature a political act. In this piece, Esra reinforces this by using gold illumination to ‘shed light’ (literally and figuratively) on the Middle East and its people.

The background is a collection of news articles in Arabic, some of the stories discuss immigration, the outlook of Muslims in the West and the decline of tourism and reading in the Arab World.

7. It Matters 2018 (£560)

7. It Matters 2018 (£560)

 

Inwards and Upwards  2018

Esra Alhamal

Mixed media including shell gold and natural pigments

This illumination is inspired by one of the domed ceilings inside the Imami Mosque in Isfahan, Iran. 

It is a personal interpretation, with flowers and colours inspired by Autumn.

8. Inwards and Upwards 2018 (£1200)

8. Inwards and Upwards 2018 (£1200)

 

Let it be  2018

Esra Alhamal

Audiovisual

This video is a short assortment of clips and details of the daily life of the artist, Esra Alhamal. It seeks to showcase the life of a Muslim female creative. It is a mix of art and travel, the two main interests in the artist’s life. It is about appreciating the little moments that make life big.

 

Azeezat 2017

Leah 2018

Rahma 2018

Hodan 2017

Momtaza 2018

Rakaya  2018

Wasi Daniju

C-type Matte prints

re:present is a response to the frequent erasure of Black Muslim women in conversations about and representations of Islam, especially when those representations are visual. We have been here since the birth of Islam, and this series speaks to the diversity, beauty and excellence of Black women in Islam.  

As a photographer, I believe in both the power and necessity of visual representation. I believe in the necessity of seeing portrayals of ourselves both as aspiration and celebration. As a Black Muslim woman myself, I believe also in telling our own story, because if we don’t, who will?

10. Azeezat (not for sale)

10. Azeezat (not for sale)

10. Hodan (not for sale)

10. Hodan (not for sale)

 

The Negation 2018

Nazira Bibi

23.5k shell gold on indigo-dyed wasli paper

Inspired by the cosmos, these pieces explore ideas of language, searching for truth and of preconception. Scientific endeavour is rooted in the need to remove bias in order to come to the truth untarnished by one’s own expectations and experiences.  


The Negation highlights the true point of departure as it is about cleansing the slate before become the student. Allowing nature to reveal itself to us. The Affirmation is the discovery of the truth. This reflects deeply the Shahādā which states ‘There is no god, but Allāh’. 

There is an emptying of the soul, a clean vessel now, ready to receive the Truth.