The works created by Saudi Arabian-Palestinian artist Dana Awartani seek to reconsider the forms, techniques, concepts and spatial constructs that define Arab culture. Her work has been shown at museums and galleries around the world, including Louvre Abu Dhabi and the British Museum.
The two moving image works presented at Samstag Museum of Art are examples of Dana Awartani’s varied artistic practice. In these works, Islamic geometric patterns are interpreted as a highly codified and philosophical language, rather than a lost decorative art. Contemplative, political and poetic, Dana Awartani explores the beauty in the things we create and the ability of these creations to transcend time and attitude. Presented for the 2024 Adelaide Festival, her works are part of Samstag’s Parnati season, where tensions in craft, tradition and decoration are thrown into focus.
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Image: Dana Awartani, I Went Away and Forgot You. A While Ago I Remembered. I Remembered I’d Forgotten You. I Was Dreaming, 2017, Mixed media installation with sand and natural pigments, single-channel video, with no sound, 22 minutes. Photo courtesy of the Artist and Athr Gallery.