Silent Screen: New Paintings By Bashar Alhroub
18 nov 2015 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Bashar Alhroub presents his new series of paintings at Gallery One in Ramallah, Palestine.
Bashar studies the place’s materialistic, psychological, aesthetic and meditational effects. His work is thus deeply influenced by these socio-political sentiments. Questions such as who we are are often intimately related to questions of where we are, so inextricably bound to defining our location in relation to self and other.
On the occasion of his solo exhibition entitled 'Silent Screen' at Gallery One in Ramallah Bashar shares with us the concept and thoughts behind his new series of paintings.
BA: It’s not necessary to take a political position with one against the other as much as you are asked to lean towards humanity per se as you see it around you where things are deteriorating. Whether you see life or death it is not the same but sometimes you often wish for the earth to swallow you in order not to see what we have arrived at.
#7, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, courtesy of the artist.
We are on the brink these days looking at the murderer as if waiting for this moment to prolong or diminish; it’s the moment before the downfall... the ethical downfall in front of this scene… the scene of mass death taking place in front of the person with the camera. A scene that became normal and rather usual as if we are in a masquerade or Halloween party. Where is all of this violence coming from, I wonder? I cannot but be close to this reality not even close to it only. I simply can’t be on a high tower and speak about environmental, sexuality and identity issues among other issues. I don’t feel or sense my own gender, religion, color, nationality or any of my limits in the face of experiencing fear and fright. I can’t even feel anything… Absolutely nothing…
#3, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 200 cm, courtesy of the artist.
Time is truly repeating itself. I feel like any other artist that has lived throughout World War 1 and 11 with all its miseries and bloodiness. It’s the same scenario where crowds of people are dragged to death and executions. Those are scenes of death taking place in the streets of cities everywhere. The only difference is the type of camera that was used when they were documenting the events of war, while now it’s part of this war. It became a tool of terror, fear and utter violence. You are not anymore in front of a theatrical scene but on the contrary it’s live and direct where you can anticipate and predict what will follow but its way more than you can ever expect.
#4, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, courtesy of the artist.
Misery, hunger, poverty, fear despair and awaiting death dominates all … You are under the spotlight and being watched by cameras all over not knowing whether you are watching death or ready to document a happy moment or you end of life. All this doesn’t matter anymore because you became the target yourself not as a human being or an individual but as a weak group branded according to color, religion, sect, ethnicity and identity. Again, it doesn’t matter anymore in the end you are for the continuity of this death.
#20, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, courtesy of the artist.
The question is to where… There are no longer any morals or values present in front of these brutal scenes and catastrophes… Here the face of the victimized murderer appears.
9 pieces, 29,7 x 42 cm each, pastel on canson paper, courtesy of the artist.
Bashar Alhroub is a visual artist based in Ramallah. He holds a BA in Fine Art from An-Najah National University, Palestine (2001) and a MFA from Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (2010). In 2012, he was awarded the 1st Prize at the 14th Art Asian Biennial, Bangladesh. The same year he was an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation in London.