Architecture of Memory

Artist statement

Traces of Al Khidr

This work depicts the Al Khidr Structure, which was located on Failaka Island, and was visited by people for blessings and to perform religious rituals. It was demolished by the authorities in the 1930s, but later rebuilt by devoted people using stones that had survived the demolishment. However, it was demolished once more in 1976, this time permanently. This work depicts the Al Khidr Structure in its original form, before its demolition, surrounded by locals and visitors. I reconstructed it in this work after referring to old photographs. The colours of the sky evoke the air of spirituality associated with the structure, while the golden interior of the structure symbolises the hidden essence of things, which may not be apparent to people at first glance, as was the case in the story of Al Khidr. The work expresses the importance of preserving historical structures in all their forms, and of respecting everyone’s freedom of religious expression.

  • Dana Al Rashid
  • 2020
  • Digital art

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