Announcing asmaa al-issa’s exhibition “ornamentations”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition ornamentations by asmaa al-issa on October 26(Sat.) – 27(Sun.), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

asmaa al-issa is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, CA) in 2017, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary (CA) in 2013. She completed a fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar, where she was an instructor and artist in residence in 2018-2019.

In Itoshima, I have been visiting shrines and sacred spaces, documenting closely the patterns that unite them (torii, shimenawa, inscribed stones). I have also been documenting the moss, lichen, and vines that have been growing on them through extreme weather conditions, accumulating year after year. This organic matter is a record of the passage of time—of change, growth, and regeneration. While they are often understood as a sign of abandonment or lack of care, these organic accents are expressions of the relationship between sacred object and turbulent environment.
The work in ornamentations converts these embellishments into embroideries on paper and henna tattoos drawn on skin.

asmaa al-issa “ornamentations”
Exhibition style: Multidisciplinary/visual art.
Date: October 26 (Saturday) to 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 26th (Sat.), starting at 15:00.
* The exhibitions by other nine current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

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