Kader Attia. Ghost, 2007.Aluminium foil. Dimensions variable.
In Ghost, a large installation of a group of Muslim women in prayer, Attia renders their bodies as vacant shells, empty hoods devoid of personhood or spirit. Made from tin foil - a domestic, throw away material - Attia’s figures become alien and futuristic, synthesising the abject and divine. Bowing in shimmering meditation, their ritual is equally seductive and hollow, questioning modern ideologies - from religion to nationalism and consumerism - in relation to individual identity, social perception, devotion and exclusion. Attia’s Ghost evokes contemplation of the human condition as vulnerable and mortal; his impoverished materials suggest alternative histories or understandings of the world, manifest in individual and temporal experience.
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Photographs of Egon Schiele (Austrian draughtsman/painter, 1890-1918).
While he was a teenager [16, my age], he was deeply in love with his neighbour, he wrote of her frequently:
“You rosy, enchanting creature,/ Seeing you makes my heart ache./… In a short line – I love you.”
He wrote of offering his "right hand to art", and "both my hands" to "the loveliest girl".