Further to the left *This copy is to read only
Introduction Artist Name: Hagar A.Sobeea Title of work: The Kiss Is a bit far to the - اﻟﻘﺒﻠﺔ إﱃ اﻟﻴﺴﺎر ﻗﻠﻴﻼ Medium of work: Mirror, Grafﬁti, Sound Collage Size of work: A 50X50 cm mirror, faced with a 27X11 cm reversed Arabic word "AlQibla", A headphone placed on a hook AlQibla, AlQubla.. Two words written the same way, Pronounced differently Thread totalitarian, it has nothing to do with religion and love, only with your Flexabilty to acceptance a mirror where you see your own reflection... Stand in front of for a moment... Listen... Absorb your surroundings of data, and visual connotations your reflection is what's going to lead you to your own conclusion later
ﻣﻘﺪﻣﺔ ﻫﺎﺟﺮ ﻋﲆ ﺳﺒﻴﻊ:اﻹﺳﻢ اﻟﻘﺒﻠ ُﺔ إﱃ اﻟﻴﺴﺎر ﻗﻠﻴﻼ:إﺳﻢ اﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﻣﻘﻄﻊ ﺻﻮىت ﻣﺮﻛﺐ, ﺟﺮاﻓﻴﺘﻰ, ﻣﺮآة:اﻟﻮﺳﻴﻂ .. اﻟﻘُﺒﻠﺔ, اﻟ ِﻘﺒﻠﺔ ﻛﻠﻤﺘﺎن ﺗﻜﺘﺒﺎن ﺑﻄﺮﻳﻘﺔ واﺣﺪة وﺗﻨﻄﻘﺎن ﺑﻄﺮﻳﻘﺘﺎن ﻣﺨﺘﻠﻔﺘﺎن ﻟﻴﺲ ﻟﻪ ﻋﻼﻗﺔ ﺑﺎﻟﺪﻳﻦ و اﻟﺤﺐ ﻓﻘﻂ ﺑﻞ ﺑﺎﻟﻘﺪرة ﻋﲆ اﻟﻘﺒﻮل,اﳌﻮﺿﻮع ﺷﻤﻮﱃ ﺗﺴﺘﻤﻊ.. ﺗﻘﻒ أﻣﺎﻣﻬﺎ ﺑﺮﻫﺔ..ﻣﺮآة ﺗﺮى ﻓﻴﻬﺎ إﻧﻌﻜﺎس ﻧﻔﺴﻚ.. متﺘﺺ ﻣﺎﺣﻮﻟﻚ ﻣﻦ ﺑﻴﺎﻧﺎت و دﻻﻻت ﺑﴫﻳﺔ إﻧﻌﻜﺎﺳﻚ ﻫﻮ ﻣﺎ ﺳﻴﻮﺻﻠﻚ ﳌﺎ ﺳﺘﺴﺘﻨﺘﺠﻪ ﻓﻴام ﺑﻌﺪ
This is an ongoing project of installations, Based on research and archiving in relation to language. Concept inspired from Arabic Language and words that come from the same origin yet they mean completely different things, only Because of the way these words are pronounced. The First installation Presented at MASS this year is reproduced from a sentence we mostly hear or read as a sign of position' direction when in mosques located in Alexandria, Egypt, "The Qibla" -Your destination- is a little bit far to the left" ًاﻟ ِﻘﺒﻠﺔ إﱃ اﻟﻴﺴﺎر ﻗﻠﻴﻼ according to Egypt's Location to Mecca, we head a bit far to the left to be facing Al Kaaba while praying and doing Duaa
A simple map showing direction from Alexandria, Egypt to Mecca, KSA
In Arabic, small difference in pronunciation of a word, though written the same way, can give a completely different meaning. “Qibla” means direction (towards Mecca) and pronounced differently, "Qubla" means a kiss! My personal experience with mosques was when I first started praying in this small one, attached to students building, during college days, where the women's prayers section used to have a mirror hanged beside the entrance, through which, everyone used to check how they looked after or before doing the prayers, it seemed surreal at the time, very out of place. Not to forget that there was some individuals who used to only enter the mosque to check how they looked in this mirror Putting these factors in mind, I Created an installation and a symbolized sound mix to be heard via earphones, A Graffiti of the word "AlQibla" in pink, reversed in front of a mirror, to be seen adjust through the mirror We don't need to be directed when it comes to practicing love, you're free to express it the way you want to, and the way you feel to with no obligation or a certain directing way of doing that. My concept relates to merging between the true relationship between God and a human being and the symbols of true love among human kind, how it's not supposed to be directed, and how spontaneous it could be.