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The other Mehrab

May 12, 2016

#Mehrab_Tarajom

This body of work originates from the history of motif making in 14th century Morocco. The pattern-makers were inspired by the natural landscapes, which altered the geometry of their forms. Islamic patterns were first seen on the walls of Mosques. The common object among all mosques around the world is Mehrab, a semi-circular tomb carved into the wall that functions as a natural amplifier of sound. They were used to project the prayer leader’s voice to the back of the room. For many years Mehrab’s were also used as a podium or platform for spreading messages of negative content, ultimately leading to a popular misconception of Islamic culture that has been hard to escape til this day.

In this project I have extracted the body of the Mehrab from the structural walls that carried it, and inverted the function of it to project Islamic patterns. This reversed experience allows one to have a moment of clarity, reflection, and recollection by immersing their body in the beauty of this visual chatter–dialogue among shapes and forms. My goal is to completely distance the viewer from the misconceptions of Islamic culture and instead be overwhelmed by its sublime.

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