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الاخوين رحباني - رقصة المجوز - يا انا يا انا
٧ بوصة - صوت الشرق - لبنان
Rahbani Brothers - Al Mejwez - Ya Ana Ya Ana
7” - Sawt AlShark - Lebanon
Waqas Khan: The Breath of the compassionate (2012)
On the process, via islamicarts:
Waqas (Pakistan) works are one-single-tool-made meticulous surfaces intended for the eye of the viewer to be dancing endlessly on them, in the same way we sit silently and watch the world around us, gazing into the open wide sky full of stars or diving into the infinite depth of the ocean.
In order to draw the miniature traces and dots of ink that conform the works with the precision required, Waqas needs to hold his breath while drawing, and exhale after the ink is on the paper, sustaining that moment to celebrate pure and holy silence. This mind-numbing repetitive process, over and over during long non-stop hours of work, enables him to achieve works that evolve from simple dots into organic structures, patterns, contained space, volume and wonderfully refined mandala compositions, with a deceptive simplicity. The works do not look the same from different distances, this ambiguity is proposed by the artist as a playground for the mind.
Waqas only uses permanent ink, wasli paper and rotring pens as mediums to achieve his delicate and unique work. He does not use magnifying glasses or any kind of amplification lens to draw his paintings and he usually works during night time.
1. huile sur toile, 2004
2. architectura, 2012
3. mare nostrum, 2008
4. untitled, 2009
5. untitled, 2010
In the Gulf, however, an important figure is erased from these mass-produced images: the migrant worker. Although they play a central role in maintaining daily life throughout the region, migrant laborers are never represented within pop culture. This is especially apparent in soap operas, in which the main characters sit by themselves in their lavishly decorated, ultraclean villas, cook their own food, drive their own cars to work and independently conduct other daily activities. Such images of autonomous life are far from reality: most citizens of Gulf states are serviced 24/7 by housemaids, cooks, drivers and sanitation workers, who come largely from South and Southeast Asia.
The video above hijacks excerpts from Gulf soap operas to superimpose images of domestic workers onto their unrealistic settings, making the presence of migrant laborers both undeniable and surreal. The title of the work, SOAP, conflates the shorthand for “soap opera” with a bar of soap, that evanescent object that seems to magically leave a state of cleanliness in its wake. Its disregarded presence mirrors the precarious existence of the migrant worker who wields it. (via)
1. 7chich ou rich, 2012
2. 7chicha, 2012
3. insuline, 2012
4. na7reg rou7i, 2012
5. pieta tunis marine, 2012
6. sidi ali azzouz, 2012
golnaz fathi, all untitled, 2010
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2–Dil Jalaane Ki Baat | Ali Sethi
3–Hamdulillah (feat. Shadia Mansour) |The Narcicyst
4–Uncle Sam Goddamn | Brother Ali
5–Mushtaq | Bolbol Al Hejaz and Soni Ahmad
6–Sush (Maurice, Brooklyn) | Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd
7–Hon Enwaladet (feat. Abeer Al Zinati) | DAM
8–Days of Fire (feat. Natty) | Nitin Sawhney
9–Allah Hoo | Javed Bashir
10–Aaj Bazaar Mein Pabajolan Chalo |Nayyara Nour
11–Gul Huyi Jaati Hain | Abida Parveen
i think a lot about how when we’re born we don’t know nothing about ourselves we don’t even know what we are. your personhood is not so much created by you as it revealed to you unfolded before you in bits and pieces.