Light Space: Intersections, The Shadow Installation

Anila Quayyum Agha_Shadow Art

Using only laser-cut wood, a single light bulb, and a 6.5' square cube, Indianapolis-based mixed media artist Anila Quayyum Agha has created intricate shadows that breathtakingly envelope surrounding surfaces. Observers are invited to confront the contradictory nature of all intersections, while simultaneously exploring boundaries. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Agha combines the geometrical patterning in Islamic sacred spaces with "architectural aesthetics" in the project entitled "Intersections."

The Intersections project takes the seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from a space of community and creativity such as a Mosque and translates the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up in Pakistan. The wooden frieze emulates a pattern from the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference. For me the familiarity of the space visited at the Alhambra Palace and the memories of another time and place from my past, coalesced in creating this project. My intent with this installation was to give substance to mutualism, exploring the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence within a public space.
Anila Quayyum Agha _Geometrical
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