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A REFUGE IN MARGINS
A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Escapes II

Mixed media on canvas

100x100 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Suspended Dialogue III

Mixed media on wood

120x85 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Suspended Dialogue II

Mixed media on wood

120x85 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Margins of Aninomity II

Mixed media on wood

60x120 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Margins of Aninomity I

Mixed media on wood

60x120 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Suspended Dialogue IV

Mixed media on wood

160x120 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Suspended Dialogue I

Mixed media on wood

16ox120 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Symbols of Refuge II

Mixed media on wood

50x60 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Symbols of Refuge I

Mixed media on wood

50x60 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Absent Grounds

Mixed media on wood

180x160 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Escapes I

Mixed media on canvas

100x100 cm

2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Ephemeral Monuments III 
Mixed media on canvas 
45 x 65 cm
2012

 

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Ephemeral Monuments II 
Mixed media on canvas 
45 x 65 cm
2012

 

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Ephemeral Monuments I 
Mixed media on canvas 
45 x 65 cm
2012

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Living Voids II 
Mixed media on canvas 
50 x 38 cm
2012

 

A REFUGE IN MARGINS
2 May - 23 May 2012

Living Voids I 
Mixed media on canvas 
50 x 38 cm
2012

 

Under the patronage of HRH Princess Rahma bint El Hassan, Nabad presents an exhibition of paintings by Jordanian architect and self-taught multidisciplinary visual artist, Dina Haddadin, on Wednesday 2 May at 6:30 pm. The artist uses both traditional and experimental techniques, including installation and video, creating multi-layered works that address the concept of the ‘margins', those ‘leftover' spaces in the urban landscape where architecture reaches the border of human intervention. Dina poses timely questions and defines her exhibition concept as a situation where "seeking refuge in a margin characterizes the city's non-places as defined monuments."

Born in 1983, Dina Haddadin obtained a B.A. in Architecture from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2006. Since her graduation, she has been practicing architecture at Symbiosis Design in Amman. In 2008, she attended courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York and has since held two solo exhibitions, "Beyond Emptiness" (2011), and "Transit" (2010). Haddadin has participated in numerous group shows, the most recent being an exhibition of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts' permanent collection, as part of the Manama Capital of Arab Culture 2012 events in Bahrain, as well as in a number of international workshops.

Artist's statement:

When seeking refuge in a margin characterizes the city's non-places as defined monuments.

Exploring the restlessness of our times-times of change, transition, departures and deviations-where, in constructing a new order, the destruction of an old one is often the cost. Is it a power struggle, an instinctive recoil from the void, or a fear of nothingness that pushes us to build and rebuild? In a constantly changing, morphing topography, ruins, decay and shattered concrete render our city suspended-places of absence, non-places of emptiness, omissions and gaps. 
Where could one find one's concrete symbol of belonging in such a changing environment? In a monument? Are monuments always a symbol for a treasured past, a petrified moment, or a designed demonstration of people's memories? Could it be an accidental manifestation of thoughts, memories and happenings, floating around and sometimes managing to land somewhere in our physical environment into transient monuments? 
This is an escape, where we pivot on edges, walk through thresholds, and imagine margins; an attempt to monumentalize moments, places of the soon-to- be-forgotten and others yet to happen, in a city with no monuments.

"You had to choose the margin in order to know where you were." Mahmoud Darwish

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