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Mixed media assemblage
Dimensions: 285cm (H) x 185cm (W) x 57cm (D) / 112.2" (H) x 72.8" (W) x 22.4" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Medium: Mixed Media Assemblage
Size: 285cm x 185cm x 57cm
Prior to the Sydney siege, Suhaimi had visited Sydney, coincidentally regularly passing the café where the hostage situation unfolded, and this initially drew his attention to the event. He was further struck by the hash tag “I will ride with you” which grew as citizens offered to accompany Muslims who feared a backlash against their community in the aftermath of the radical ideologies professed by the gunman. Suhaimi saw the international support for the Muslim community,along with the international dismissal of the view that violence is equitable with a religion of peace and philosophy, and attempts to use I Will Walk With You (#illwalkwithyou) as a personal way to reclaim his religion. Writing the Kalma in Arabic calligraphy across the surface of a gleaming sink highlights the purity of the religion’s ideology and is an outright rejection by the artist of associations of violence. Strung across the work’s surface are six light bulbs, five clear and one opaque, to symbolize the five pillars and six principles that guide the faithful. On a material note, these bulbs are a new development for Suhaimi, whose repertoire traditionally extends to neon and tubing lights. As the artist threads their long wires around the wooden boards, he exposes the mechanisms of the decorative bulbs to his audience, furthering their understanding of the piece’s construction and thus strengthening its deconstructivist identity.
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Based in: Langkawi Island
From the beginning of his career, Suhaimi Fadzir established a distinct visual identity, known as archi-painting. Defined as the emergence of fine art principles with the structural and spatial intricacies of architecture, archi-painting forms the intellectual and visual base from which Suhaimi creates his popular three-dimensional works. Suhaimi trained as an architect in the 1980’s at the Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri during the emergence of deconstructivism as a form of post-modern architecture.
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