GHADA DAHDALEH: PATTERNS OF EXISTENCE
15 September - 22 October 2014
Under the patronage of HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, deputized by HE the Mayor of Amman Akel Biltaji, Nabad opens an exhibition of recent works by Ghada Dahdaleh entitled, “Patterns of Existence,” at 6:00 pm on Monday 15 September 2014. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Tkiyet Um Ali toward their aid program to the people of Gaza.
Throughout her thirty-year career as an artist, Ghada has consistently been moved and inspired by the doors and windows of Palestinian refugee camps, drawing from a variety of Middle Eastern symbols and patterns used in embroidery, rugs and other crafts of the region. In “Patterns of Existence,” Ghada adopts a different perspective on her familiar theme of doors and windows. In her new collection of mixed media monoprints, she celebrates the woven checkered pattern of an iconic symbol of Palestinian culture, the Kufiya. “This pattern deserves to be celebrated and imprinted in our minds and hearts,” says the artist. In her new works, the joyful coloured pattern transforms itself into a symbol of peace and tranquility, which Ghada consistently aims to achieve in her work.
By overlapping the Kufiya pattern with her square compositions in a wide range of colours, and introducing ambiguous background lines that are reminiscent of coffee cup residue and fortune-telling, Ghada creates socio-cultural microcosms that evoke the positive, aesthetic elements of the spontaneous architecture, layered bright colours and overlapping materials of the camp landscape. Her use of oil paints creates a smooth transition between the overlapping compositions and a radiant, transparent effect.
Born in 1963 in Amman, Ghada Dahdaleh studied art in Toronto, Canada. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Canada, Europe, Jordan and the Far East. This is her ninth solo exhibition. She lives and works between Dubai and Amman.