The exhibition Simply Words? investigates the complexities of words and language, questioning their universal capacity to convey shared meaning.
The group show displays works of four artists from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Their common starting point is the confrontation between text and material artistic production.
The work of American-Pakistani Simeen Farhat refers to poetry and writings from Middle-Eastern tradition; words of poets like Rumi and Saadi are translated in elegant shapes. As three-dimensional objects they seem to fluctuate in the space, converting the spiritual energy of the text into visual dynamism.
Saudi Arabian Manal Al Dowayan focuses on the role of women in Arab society. The two series The Choice and I am are composed by black and white photographs that strongly highlight the controversial position of women, performing important roles in society yet still being controlled through certain cultural traditions.
Images courtesy of the artists and AB Gallery.