A ceramic & mixed media installation by Sami Haddad
Love: a subject painted, praised and lamented on since the beginning of time. Sami Haddad leads the viewer into an ancient world of wisdom and ideology of the cradle of civilisation. The Sumerian love story of Inanna & Dumuzi expresses not only fertility rites, but a unique perspective on the sexuality of ancient times, which transpire to be more liberating, devoid of the fabrication of modern sins and morals. The concept for this event is to portray ancient Sumerian transcripts through diverse media. Written text, sculpture, ceramics and visual imagery are at the heart of this installation, depicting this forgotten love story for the modern audience. Haddad’s style is unique with a raw and earthy quality echoing distant times when humanity was inseparable from nature and its cycles. Sami Haddad’s objective is to raise questions and curiosity with regards to evolution, inter-human relationships and modern technological achievements, which in his opinion seem to impose conditions and rules, leading to increased restrictions.
“Art is a visual language, universally understood and conveyed to invoke expression and personal thoughts. It has no boundaries or restriction. It cannot be classified nor encounter prejudice. It is classless and does not belong to any race or gender. Art gave birth to our current written words via the invention of the pictograph by the Sumerian civilisation, in the land of the two rivers, Mesopotamia – my birth place.
This is my source and inspirational drive, and determines my art practice: conveying a forgotten ancient text which is as relevant now as when it was first inscribed on clay tablets many centuries ago.” (Haddad 2006)
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