Stencils of famous walls, sprayed upon ruined houses in the refugee camps of Western Sahara. #artifariti2017
The ruins of people's houses were caused by the heavy rainfalls of 2015, where adobe brick crumbled like sugar cubes under water. Not only the housing but food and medicine were destroyed, in some cases up to 95%.
The mural of Mariem Hassan made by me in 2015 on the outside of the women's union (UNMS) in the center of Boujdour, Tindouf, Algeria, was altered with the same stencils.
A group of new work at Fort Sagres, Portugal, within the exhibition „Peregrinacao – a partir de las Paneis de Sao Vicente/Pilgrimage – from the Panels of San Vicente“
This piece is dedicated to Emile Akakbo from Togo, who made for me a beautiful crow mask, and all the artists around the world.
My gratitude to Drury Brennan, based in Berlin, who travelled to Sagres with us and made the beautiful calligraphy; to Babette Semmer assisting in the making, and Fico Artista who helped and performed the crow dance.
These paintings are reflections of my recent research into body, mind, spirit and sacred traditions.
Ranging from prints of my own body to chaos-driven expressions, they also include images that I find in Indian and other traditional imagery of divinity. I do not wish to install hierarchies and favour one approach over the other. On the contrary, the aspects filter into one another, freeing me to form a new tradition of the „free fall“, parallel to abstract expressionism but less dogmatic. At the centre, one could detect a „truth of the present moment“ idea, that if one is totally present and free of conventional thinking, colour and shape will manifest themselves immediately due to an immediate necessity. This requires a frequent process of tying the work back to the body be it through hands and feet that touch the canvas, printing the body as a whole, or through knowledge and experience. Titled “In Pursuit of Chaos and Light”, these paintings are a continuation of the „Body, Gender, Fluidity“ series of earlier years.