Commissioner: Misk Art Insitute.
Curator: Eiman Elgibreen.
Exhibitor: Zahrah Al Ghamdi.
After Illusion offers a creative dialogue between Saudi artist Zahrah Al Ghamdi and natural material she associates with her home. It is an attempt to recognise, reconnect, and revisit a familiar feeling that has changed with time and interpretation. A step into an imaginary world created by the artist to seek comfort in her journey towards self-realisation.
The title is inspired by a line from an ancient Arabic poem by Zuhayr bin Abī Sūlmā (b. 520 – d. 609), where the author described his struggle to recognise his home after being away for twenty years. Only illusion helped the eighty-year-old poet recognise it. A state of mind that we fight during our search for the ‘truth’ but that somehow paves a path to it.