Sam'a Dance [Pre(ab)sense]

Basmah Felemban, Pre(ab)sense from the Sama Dance series, 2014, 125 x 125 cm, UV digital print_HR   copy.jpg

from the Sama Dance series
UV digital print and cutouts, 150x150 cm

v [More about Pre(ab)sense]
Pre(ab)sense is about the truth of the conscience of being to decipher the paradox of absence and presence of the human condition. Through studying "Being and Nothingness" by Jean-Paul Sartre, the artist tries to visualize how absence is not the antonym of presence rather than a part of it! Nothingness lies coiled in the heart of being like a worm.
Using a brokendown Islamic motif to symbolize presence or existence and then cutting specific elements of that motif to create yet another design of (the absence of the pattern).
The artist speaks about the harmony in paradoxes, and being in peace and a part of the archetypes of existence Pre(Ab)sense is a codependent conscience. The supposition created is a harmonious state of being.

v [More about Sam'a Dance series]
No discussion about Islamic art and spirituality can be completed without taking into account the importance of music. The qaw- walis (or Sama‘) dance, which is a vocal musical performance of sufi poetry with instrumental accompaniment, generates ontoge- netic plenitude and a blissful, ineffable and inscrutable state of spiritual enlightenment. The spiritual states evoked by classical music are closely related to the spiritual states (ahwal) of the Sufis, and through Sufi-tradition to the spirit of the Holy Scripture (The Quran).

The dance’s repetitive nature is both transcendent and spiritual, thereby losing its material essence. This dance is critical in the artist’s understanding of Islamic sacred arts (Geometric Motifs, calligraphy, and Arabesque) and their representation of our con- ditions as humans (Repetition, Balance, Symmetry, Compatibility). This series explores the paradoxes that exist in our being: love and hate, mortal and immortal. It tries to find a place where they coexist not contradict, through the exploration of different methods of visualsing text and literature.