Sam'a Dance [Love]


Love, 2013
White acrylic ink on plexi, 110 x 110 cm
Edition of 3

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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 ontogenetic 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 conditions 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.