Titled Dam Pani, meaning 'Divine Breath', the installation pays homage to the late, great, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997), the Pakistani Qawwali singer celebrated for his vocal power and spiritual energy.
Qawwalis, the devotional music of the Sufis, are known to transport listeners through their sacred sounds, and the voice of the Qawwāl singer is believed to transmit spiritual energy. In Dam Pani, Bashir experiments with abstraction to explore the essence of this spiritual Sufi experience. By focussing on just one utterance by Khan, and playing this sound through water to visualise patterns on the surface, Bashir creates an intense, meditative space that immerses the audience in both the sound and sight of Khan's energy.
Supported by Here, There and Everywhere, a Midlands-London consortium led by New Art Exchange with Delfina Foundation, QUAD/FORMAT, Primary and mac Birmingham as core UK partners. Supported through funding by Arts Council England and British Council as part of a national project, Reimagine India.