The Dreaming Machine is eager to connect its international readers to some very interesting work that stands at the intersection of poetry and visual arts that has been the object of experimentation through the Sumac Space. The idea for the space emerged in 2020 as a non profit platform presenting contemporary art from the “Middle East” through digital programs, critical writing and research.
The Sumac Space is an initiative devoted to contemporary art practices of the Middle East, shows its seventh digital exhibition “Dear Fractured Stones,”.
The exhibition is on-view at www.sumac.space from November 22nd, 2021, to January 18th, 2022; Curated by Baharak Omidfard.
The exhibition “Dear Fractured Stones,” brings together a group of artworks exploring the nature of stone as material, as medium, and as metaphor. The exhibition will highlight the theme – (re)collect/(re)conne…
While waiting to be able to interview project initiators and members Davood Madadpoor and Islam Shabana for the next issue of The Dreaming Machine which will be out on May 1, 2022, we urge readers to browse through their magnificent work of blending poetry and visual art that could be found in the exhibit “A whole population of poets” https://sumac.space/exhibitions/a-whole-population-of-poets/ and in the artwork “Hence we abandoned the garden thinking there is no heaven”.
“Public gardens in our country, just like free poetry, are designed for maneuvering in “place” (that which kicked us out); “place” overcrowded with concrete theories and liquid applications. This maneuvering looks a lot like resisting systemic monotony, and therefore public gardens often present a threat to conceptions of power of the authorities. They sabotage the gardens, shrink them, fence them, and sometimes trade them in for new roofs. Gardens are an image, with the characteristics of a barzakh, of heaven. They remind us of its existence, its myth, within the great hell of cement.” (from “On Gardens” by Islam Shabana)
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