Rashed Al Shashai is contributing to the 19th edition of the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival with a newly commissioned installation titled Reversed Symmetry. The festival is organised around the subject of architecture, and seeks to emphasise ‘the scientific features of Islamic architecture of different functions and forms, through a series of questions relating to aesthetics, to claim a visual discourse that is both innovative and contemporary.’
Using an elaborate system of mirrors, Al Shashai examines the significance of symmetry in religious architecture, particularly as it is found in mosques. Repetition and growth are two central concepts in Islamic aesthetics that describe infinite creation, and serve to create an immersive space for worshippers. Al Shashai’s work encourages the viewer to consider how visual encounters with symmetry can encourage contemplation while inspiring piety and transcendence.
The Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival runs from 14 December 2016 until 24 January 2017.