Abdulrahim Salim: Between Chaos and Serenity is a survey of sculptor and painter Abdulrahim Salim’s major paintings, examining his recurring narratives and the breadth of his artistic expression. Divided into six chapters - Formations, Creation and Destruction, Conversations, Struggle and Waiting, Formations of Maheerah, and Me and She and the Apple and the Crow - the exhibition explores Salim’s investigation of dualistic subjects and their inner conflict or struggle, oscillating between the figurative and the abstract.

Exhibit Features

Formations of “Maheerah”

The exhibition discourse begins with the introduction of the artist’s muse “Maheerah”, the underlining protagonist of Abdulrahim’s paintings.

 

The Apple and The Crow

An interesting duality between desire and guilt using the symbols of the apple for desire and the crow for prejudice.

 

Conversations and Waiting

A reflection on the artist’s struggle with his muse and a reiteration of the dualities

found within the struggle between the feminine and the masculine.

 

Creation and Destruction

A perspective on the duality of light and dark aimed at an understanding of darkness and nothingness to arrive at the place of light instead of finding the light away from the darkness.

 

Formations

An extended conversation with his muse, that represents her within his paintings and alludes to his intention, expression, and connection. She becomes the language that he uses across his paintings through changing formations.

 

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