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Ali Hussain Merza

MATTER OF TIME Project: Salt Trace…

The artwork is an installation where the artist is using salt bags, coarse salt and wooden pallet. It takes into account the theme of the exhibition, the location and its natural environment.

The idea of the artwork is inspired by humanity and ancient civilizations which struggle to perpetuate their presence, their eras and their times.

In a search for the existential relationship between what is fleeting and what is immortal, the rule affirms that every new era is bound to put down its predecessor and that change is only a matter of time.

Through this artwork, the artist tries to reflect another more futile situation related to the immortalization of thought or the immortalization of matter. Returning to history, we find that a human has always been trying to leave a trace of him and his things after his death by using natural materials such as stone and color… as well as salt.

In fact, what is considered fleeting may very well become immortal and leave a trace over time.

The artwork is about presenting a superposition of several salt bags on wooden pallet (representing the accumulation of time periods). Some of them have holes (reminding the hourglass to count the passage of time). Coarse salt is scattered on the ground (referring to the scattering of remains).

The visual composition of the artwork will appear from a distance like a snow hill but in reality it is a square-shaped salt pile amid coarse salt scattered on the ground.

The artwork sensitizes the 5 senses of the human being. It can be seen, smelled, touched, tasted or heard.

For MATTER OF TIME, Ali Hussain Merza develops an installation for an outdoor space.

ARTFORM

Installation

MATERIALS

Salt bags, coarse salt, wooden pallet

LOCATION

The outdoor esplanade, in front of the main entrance of the palace

This artwork is sponsored by Cotusal (Compagnie Générale des Salines de Tunisie)

FURTHER INFO

Ali Hussain Merza is a visual artist and scenographer with focus of paintings, installations and scenography. “Art… is the most beautiful human connection between people. We can love through it. We can disagree through it. So, art is more than just being ‘something’ for pleasure and beauty…”

His passion for fine arts and theater inspired him to research and experiment in his works. He utilized open spaces as avenues to express the ideas and issues that he wishes to reflect upon and discuss in a different way.

Ali views installation artwork as being akin to breaking away from the confines of the theater’s stage. He replaces the actor with the spectator, who is also often considered to be a part of the work of art. It is here that the artist finds himself, stuck somewhere in the grey area between the worlds: the world of fine art and the world of theater.

He won a number of awards over the course of his career in appreciation of his contributions in the fields of fine arts and theater, most recently, Ali was the recipient of the Dana prize at the 44th annual Bahrain fine arts exhibition in 2018, the most prestigious art award in Bahrain.

EXHIBITIONS SELECTION

2020 | Egypt.eg, Egypt INT’L Art Fair
2013-2020 | Bahrain.bh, Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
2014-2017 | Bahrain.bh, Nest Art Festival ‐ Al Riwaq Art Space
2018 | Bahrain.bh, Folk Art Space – “Uni…Multi“, Second Solo Exhibition
2018 | Bahrain.bh, Art Center – “Wanderers“, First Solo Exhibition
2016 | Poland.pd & Moldova.md, Gulf Fine Arts Exhibition
2014 & 2016 | Kuwait.kw, Kuwait International Art Symposium
2016 & 2017 | Dubai.uae, Sikka Art Fair
2016 | Bahrain.bh, Ritz Carlton Hotel – “Views“ Art Exhibition
2016 | Saudi Arabia.ksa, Art Jeddah – “Hawamish“ Exhibition
2015 | Tunisia.tn, Dar El Founoun – “Traversé“ Art Exhibition
2015 | Italy.it, Porta Coeli International Art Gallery – “Shamal“ Art Exhibition
2014-2017 | Morocco.mo, Assilah Cultural Season
2015 | Washington.usa, New York.usa & California.usa, Workshop “Promoting Social Good Through the Arts“

2018 | Bahrain.bh, Art Center – Curator of “Syncopation“ Art Exhibition
2017 | Bahrain.bh, Art Center – Curator of “Nashaz“ Art Exhibition
2016 | Bahrain.bh, Art Center – Curator of “Parallelism“ Art Exhibition
2015 | Bahrain.bh, Art Center – Curator of “Abstract Rhythm“ Art Exhibition

FORMATION

2006-2010 | Kuwait.kw, Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, Dramatic Arts-Theatre Design, BSc Section

BIO

Lives in Manama.bh
1987 | Born in Manama.bh

LINKS

instagram.com:ali4artgallery

TEXTS

Sayed Ahmed Ridha https://www.alayam.com/alayam/Variety/826714/News.html Alayam Newspaper 16 November 2019.

Mohamad Elhamamsy https://alarab-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/alarab.co.uk/%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%AD%D8%B3%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%A7-%D9%81%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%AC%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%8A-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B5%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AD%D9%8A?amp Alarab News 14 June 2019.

Zaki Alsadeer https://alarab.co.uk/%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%85%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%B6-%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AD-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%84 Alarab News 22 March 2018.

Sayed Ahmed Ridha https://www.alayam.com/alayam/Variety/711603/News.html Alayam Newspaper 17 February 2019.

Zainab Mardhi http://albiladpress.com/article311379-4.html Albilad Press 13 November 2015.

VIDEOS

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FEATURED IMAGE

Ali Hussain Merza. Alemara 1644 Exhibition, Bahrain 2014. Photo: Ali Hussain Merza

CURATOR

Chiraz MOSBAH

http://tasawar.net/chiraz-mosbah/