Hanging Notes On The Red Castle
Ink and sunlight on paper. Alchemical red ink on limestone.
A new production in "The Complete Uncredited Works" dealing with writings and poems that describe the architecture and spatiality of monuments. The slippage between word and Image in such poems is mirrored in the imperfect preservation of historic texts. This series engages with that which exists outside of the historical cannon, which constitutes its negative space, and explores its implications on our understanding of literature, sources, authorship, and how histories are written.
These notes or Mu'allaqat, assume the ability of poetry to change the face of architectural monuments, departing from a verse of Al-Mutanabbī, in which he describes the "Red Castle". Alongside the verse, are all the pages that stayed entirely folded in the books of anthologists, except for the little parts on which the sun imprinted all what the poems could not show, establishing their connection with a history of architecture description and violence in poetry that hint at the subtle transformation of the castle, from its white color, to red.