Mohammed A. Hafiz
Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Toured to Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi
In the contemporary globalised world we live in, shaped by money, military and media, finding space to value the authentic and interpret the unadulterated is a feat in and of itself. Each chapter of the exhibition presented a personal letter from Ghobaish to his son, based on an aspect of Islam prevalently misunderstood and misinterpreted in wider society. Ghobash carefully unpicks it factually based on his immediate life-experience. What simmers to the top are fine bubbles of wisdom, open-mindedness and judiciousness, adhering firmly to the forward-thinking openness of Islam.
Taking the themes explored in Ghobash’s book as a foundation, 36 international artists presented works in response, from direct commentary and themed inspiration to candid response. Each work was then subcategorised into its own respective group. The ventured topics interweave their multilayers and overlap thematically.
The chapters included; Fragments of Memory, Landscapes, Youth and Other, Probable Questions, Power of Language and The Grey Area. This cross-fertilization within each sub-category generates waves of dialogue, further emphasizing the conceptual depth and breadth of the continued interpretation of religion in today's world.