Architecture of Memory

Artist statement

The Last Skate

This work depicts activists skating one last time at the Kuwait Ice Skating Rink, which was the first of its kind in the Middle East when it opened to the public in 1980, and which was designed by French architect Dominic Bo. It is reminiscent of the Golden Age of Kuwait. Many Kuwaitis had precious memories there, but, unfortunately, it was demolished shortly after the “the last skate” in order to accommodate the third phase of development of the Al Shaheed Park.

Because of the flat perspective of the miniature style, I was able to simultaneously document many architectural elements, such as the rink’s wooden ceiling, its entrance and exit doors, as well as the skaters. Merging reality with historical fantasy, I replaced the spotlights with lanterns, and I mixed contemporary characters with characters from ancient times, creating a rich and fascinating dialogue.

This work is my favourite, because I felt that all the elements were aligned in its making, from the color palette to the composition and subject matter. I consider it to be one of the most successful pieces from the series. The artwork was widely shared on social media after I created it, but a few days later, the Kuwait Skate Rink was abruptly demolished.

  • Dana Al Rashid
  • 2020
  • Digital art

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