Dance With The Owl

Dance With The Owl


This Work is related to Ghada Al-Samman's book of poems "Dancing with the Owl", which is concerned with this bird's rejection in Arab culture and with the mythical powers of sight with which it is associated. Mahamid presents hybrid images composed of an owl's body and a female face cast into concrete, whose colors call to mind a field of flowers growing out of the hard surface.

 

 "I am an Arab woman who has lived through one thousand years of wars, invasions, fires, sorrow, and tragedies. Between one ceasefire and the next, some of the tribe males set out to war against me. Although they have succeeded in burying me alive for another one hundred years, I rise out of the sand and burst into flight. I am tired of death, of the culture of death, of the media of death, of its loud spokespeople, its symbols, its microphones, and the skulls hung on doorposts. I want to embrace my life, not my death."




Date: October 2016

Category: Installation

Place: Haifa

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