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Oraib Toukan



Adonis & Haider
Dialogue between collage and drawing

The collaborative project of Syrian poet and artist Adonis and Iraqi painter Haider initiates a dialogue that involves poetry, painting and collage, exposing the aesthetic relationship between poetic and visual text.

Adonis’s latest artistic compositions have been developed in tandem with his rich and continually renewed poetic production. His works emanate with visual planes bursting with original handwritten poetry that recalls classical Arabic literature from various eras and civilizations. The great masters of the Arabic language Al-Ma’arri, Abu Tammam, and Waddah al-Yaman, all of whom are linked by their rebellious spirit, their penchant for refusal, and their compulsion for change, are revived in Adonis's words.

His exploration of writing, however, is executed through calligraphic forms that are treated pictorially such that they are abstracted; his letters are turned into ambiguous signs that could belong to any of a number of languages. Whether these marks, these writings, are legible or incomprehensible, they elucidate Adonis’s desire to break free of the rules of language, to find his own sensory means of communication through fine art. Adonis’s collages that combine layers of relief set up a space in contradiction with the smoothness of the written text that fills them; the two complete each other, though, in spite of their contrary appearance.

As for the painter Haider, he handles material and color with sheer sensitivity, building expanses reminiscent of doors and windows that are often sealed shut and that are laden with diverse emblematic meanings, time and again referring to hopelessness and fear despite their radiant hues. The story of human life and of the history of humanity is hinged on these inaccessible openings. Through his works, Haider strives to conceive of a novel rapport between the geometric form of a painting and its intangible subject matter.

Darat al Funun, in cooperation with the French Cultural Centre of Amman, is hosting the debut exhibition of this joint project that will then tour the Arab World and Europe. Most of the works on display were made in 2007 but some were created in 2005 and 2006.

The poetry of Adonis, who was born in Syria in 1930, has been translated into several languages. His poems immerse their reader in the exquisiteness of the place that he immigrated from over two decades ago but which he never actually left. Adonis, until today, moves between Damascus, Beirut, and Paris, where he resides.

Haider, who was born in Iraq in 1954, exhibited his works for the first time in Baghdad in 1973. He settled as a young man in France in 1976, thereafter achieving the impressive feat of his manifold artistic accomplishments. He has been featured in almost 70 exhibitions in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, as well as elsewhere over the past 32 years. The show at Darat al Funun is Haider's premier in the Arab World since he relocated to Paris.

 
 

See also:

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Adonis & Haider - Dialogue between collage and drawing
> Les collages d’Adonis: Autoportraits du multiple, by Alain Jouffroy
> Adonis's Muallaqat, by Ziad Dalloul
> Les espaces de Haider, by Thierry Cardon
> Le Signe Porte et FenÍtre, by Abdul Rahman Tuhmazi


> We, installation by Buthayna Ali
> Art Inspired by Poetry, a selection from the Khalid Shoman Private Collection 

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