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Square One, 2012




Square One is a large-scale 50 x 50 inch drawing utilizing wax and ink. It is part of a larger series called Ritual and Revolution which delves in to the symbolism and forms of the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Works in this series are inspired by my interest in Malcolm X's journal entries on the occasion of his pilgrimage to Mecca and the hajj memoir of one of his contemporaries - Iranian revolutionary and Sociologist Ali Shariati. In their texts, both Malcolm X and Shariati state that the rituals of the hajj are performed in the the footsteps of Hajjar, a Black woman. Works in the Ritual and Revolution series are a formal exploration of reconciled binaries in the hajj ritual performance tradition and invoke aesthetic references to Abū Rayhạ̄n al-Bīrūnī’s 10th century astronomical renderings.

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drawing | mixed media


50.00 x 50.00 x 1.00 in | 127.00 x 127.00 x 2.54 cm

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