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Painting by Saba Innab

The poignance of absence in AFAC grantee Saba Innab's "No-Sheep's Land"

18 Mar, 2011 

"The stillness in the work of Jordanian artist Saba Innab is not neutral," writes Al Akhbar's Hazim Suleiman of 2009 AFAC Visual Arts grantee Saba Innab's recent opening at the Agial Gallery in Beirut. "The gray carries with it an implicit controversy, one that seems harsh and shocking."

 

Innab's latest show, No-Sheep's Land, reexamines assumptions about built space and belonging by recombining pastoral and urban elements to create a hauntingly austere vision of place. Suleiman reads an implied devastation in the emptiness, which he connects back to Innab's work as an architect on the reconstruction of the Nahr al Bared refugee camp.

 

"Collapsed buildings create a fragile space for themselves, and force us to reflect on the frightening implications of place as a temporary condition that can be undone by war, natural disaster, or by the fashion of destroying what is old," he writes.


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