Stratification of Memory

Stratification of Memory
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Jasmine, earth, soap from Aleppo, these are the initial elements of the London-based Syrian artist Sara Naim. A journey through memory using material that sets memories free. Observed through a microscope, capturing their cellular structure, these elements become images, mounted on wood or plexiglass, revealing all of their complexities. Enlarging doesn’t always mean seeing better, sometimes enlarging distorts things, alters comprehension, familiar objects are seen as foreign, what is near becomes distant. An analogous reflection, on being uprooted and the stratification of memory, comes through the works of artist Jordan Nassar. Of Palestinian origin, but born and raised in New York, Nassar uses hand stitched canvases by artisans in Hebron and superimposes artistic elements from the Western pictorial tradition on top of them. Over the intricate geometric grids, weaved according to traditions handed down over generations, Jordan inserts colour inlays, giving life to a stylistic coexistence that metaphorically mirrors his own personal experience of being a man divided between two worlds, in search of a complex identity. The two artists are being featured at the same time at the The Third Line Gallery.
Alessandra Migliorini - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Dubai