26. Nov 2014

A light art installation to express the symbiosis of differences

Installation: Anila Quayyum Agha
Photos: Debra Jenkins, Grand Rapids

“Intersections” by Pakistani-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha is a light art installation comprising a hollow wooden cube with intricate laser-cut patterns and a light source suspended in its centre – the light casts shadow patterns on all room surfaces in the empty space. Anyone entering the space immediately becomes part of the impressive installation.

The faces of the two-metre high wooden cube have received laser-cut oriental patterns. The lace-like geometrical shadow patterns generated on the room surfaces by the light source are reminiscent of the interplay of light and shadow found in mosques. Through her installation Anila Quayyum Agha aims to draw attention to the balance of contrasts between opposites. The cube symbolises patterns the artist experienced personally in the Alhambra Palace in Granada/E – where in the Middle Ages Muslims and Christians and other Western cultures and influences co-existed in harmony in spite of religious differences.

In a space measuring 35 by 32 metres, finely-tuned light and shadow effects achieve an aesthetic symbolisation of the symbiosis of differences.


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