Chimères Orchestra C12

El-Zohra was not born in a day

Electronis and coding works for the artist Randa Mirza. Zohra means Venus in Arab.

13.8.2016
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Al-Jahiliyyah is a historical period that preluded the revelation of monotheistic Islam. In its philosophical sense, it describes a state of ignorance and darkness. This period and its rich cultural polytheistic heritage has been actively censored and remains, up until today, overlooked, underreported, and widely ignored. Later on, orientalist interpretations contributed to further conceal polytheist heterogeneity in the foundation of Islam’s storytelling. Recently, the “Islamic State” has undertaken the destruction of some of the few remains of that historical period, mainly archeological sites, temples and sculptures of Semitic gods. EL-ZOHRA WAS NOT BORN IN A DAY delves into archeological Near-East artifacts, the stories of the old Muslim chroniclers, the Qur’an, classical Arabic literature and the vast realm of pre- Islamic poetry to unearth hidden mythological tales from Ancient Arabia. The works presented in this exhibition are sculptures and miniature multi-media dioramas, each recounting an ancient forgotten pre-Islamic myth.

El-Zohra n’est pas né en un jour plonge ses racines dans les artefacts archéologiques du Proche-Orient, les écrits des anciens chroniqueurs musulmans, le Coran, la littérature arabe classique et le vaste domaine de la poésie préislamique pour mettre en lumière les contes mythologiques oubliés de l’Arabie ancienne. Les œuvres présentées dans cette exposition sont des sculptures représentant des déités arabes et des dioramas multimédias, racontant chacune un mythe préislamique ancien, effacé.