Arab Spring (from the exhibition, Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me))
Alqam’s Arab Spring series uses Arabic alphabet characters layered discordantly, to portray feelings of pandemonium. This painting is a landscape of war, in which the character, Ruba, in Act 1, Scene 1 of Mitli Mitlak, sees outside her window.
“Come to the window...
Hot tanks on the street,
Mounds of rubble,
The building collapsed from top to bottom,
Over flooded narrow streets.
Oh Father, my burned city, the bloodshed of when our homeland was seized.”
(Above text taken from the Miller Art Museum Exhibition Description, 2019)