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Mapping Home

Mapping Home explores the fragile layers of our relationship with space in a
visually geographic and metaphorically emotional form. Stemming from a
distance it observes the idea of a ‘home’ being a timeless memory in physical
form and endless journey in its metaphorical exploration. Mapping Home is the
transparent contradiction between longing for permanence whilst actively
seeking transience through mobility.

The concept conveyed through textile art in collaboration with Alaa Balky, depicts the authentic charm and organic connectivity between the districts of a city. It explores the idea of a home and its relationship between our birthplace and the places we call home.

Evoking complex emotions such as displacement, migration, identity, birth and longing, questioning the transparent contradiction between longing for permanence whilst actively seeking freedom.

To represent the human connection to home, the map is marked with the locations of the homes of artists Shaima Shamsi and Alaa Balky, and an excerpt from the poem Bury, written by Shaima, is incorporated into the design. ‘I was born inside you, the atoms that belong to you belong to me too’. This integration of language represents the importance of the concept of home, no matter what, or how, home may look like.

The works are accompanied by a short video by Mashael Al Saie called “Invisible Lines 2020”

 

Bury

I was born inside you, the atoms that belong to you, belong to me too.

I was born inside you, the atoms that belong to you, no longer belong to me.

I was born inside you, ​and in my longing I have only grown in love for you

-Shaima Shamsi

Colour Variations:
Dark Blue and Magenta – 8 pieces.
Light Blue and Beige – 8 pieces

Made in India from delicate silk tulle with hand-embroidery, beading with scalloped square edges.

For enquires and purchasing please contact basma@bh-artconsultancy.com