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
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...