Architecture of Memory

Artist statement

Abdullah Saleh Al Hamily’s House

This work documents a model of Kuwaiti houses that have stood out due to their architectural designs that blend modern elements with Kuwaiti heritage. For example, traditional elements, such as the courtyard and mashrabiya, have been redefined to maintain the traditional architectural spirit. These model homes began to appear in Kuwait’s Golden Age (from the 1950s to the 1980s).

This work was commissioned by Ahmed Al Hamily in order to document his previous house before its demolition, as it was regrettably sold so that another house would be built in its place. The house was drawn using old photographs of it as references, and it captures the spirit of the house and its occupants. The names of the late elders of the family are written in the sky. Vintage shades of brown, yellow and green were used to evoke nostalgia and take us back in time. In addition to its historical and cultural value, the house also has a sentimental human value in the memories of those of who dwelled in it, which makes the house a great example of the architecture of memory and the genius loci of a place.

  • Dana Al Rashid
  • 2020
  • Digital art
  • Dimensions:                                                                                                    –

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