R H E IM AL K AD H I : T H E P OLITI C S O F E X C H AN G E – TAASA Review December 2015


This article was originally found in the December 2015 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 24, Issue 4, Page 12).

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Jane Somerville O n a plinth at the 2015 Sharjah Biennial sat a small sculpture made from eyelashes attached together on a winding strip ­ a metaphor for the shoreline of Sharjah Creek, in the United Arab Emirates.

Titled Communications from the field of contact (Each hair is a tongue), 2014/2015, this diminutive artwork by Rheim Alkadhi is the product of an exchange between the artist and sea labourers working on the Sharjah docks.

Each eyelash ­ "the small pieces of peripheral vision" as Alkadhi’s artist statement described them ­ was swapped for a cup of hot tea and biscuits. Collective knotting together of hairs 2012, Rheim ALKADHI, USA/Iraq...