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Bahram Hajou

Monther Jawabreh

Hanaa Malallah

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This Green Is Not Green
 | 2020
 26

 x 

40cm 
Neon tube 
on Non

This Green Is Not Green

 | 2020 |
 26

x

40cm 
| Neon tube 
on Non
This artwork is is edition2/7
 | it is in  excellent condition
Provenance: Property of the artist
 | with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist
Artwork is available for sale
This Green Is Not Green

“In a letter, dated October 16, 1996, that Shakir Hassan Al Saʿid wrote to me from Amman he drew a relationship between a garden he had visited and the rug on which he prayed. He identified the trees in the garden, in ‘various shades of green,’ as he wrote, with the vegetal motifs embroidered in the rug. As I returned to the letter over the years, I found that there is an important difference between those two greens, and between the green in the garden and the green in the rug. I didn’t reply to this letter, or to any of the other letters he sent me until after he had died in 2004. But when I did reply, I tried to explain the difference I saw between the two greens: the garden belongs to the natural world, and therefore has a physical logic, while the rug belongs to the human world and is a symbolic construction. Re-reading the letter in summer of 2020, the idea came to me of articulating the difference between the green of the garden and the green of the rug by playing with the language we use to talk about color. On the cover of the book is a work in which the Arabic word for ‘green’—akhḍar—is formed using fluorescent lighting but the light is in fact red, in order to dramatize or illustrate the discrepancy between the organic and the symbolic, between the natural phenomenon of the light and the linguistic designation of the color. I used the word akhḍar in reference to a series of oil paintings Al Saʿid made over the 1990s. The paintings contain the names of colors written in colors other than those they name; for instance, the Arabic word for yellow—aṣfar—was written in orange. For a long time, I was haunted by those words in the paintings, by the difference between the name and the color. Al Saʿid’s concern had been semiotic; he was interested in language. But in this work, I wanted to explore something about color: about the meaning of green, and the difference between the green of plants, which has an organic basis, in the chlorophyll the plants contain, and the green created by human beings which has a symbolic basis. This relationship between the organic and symbolic is the focus of my current research.” Hanaa Malallah
January, 2021

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