The form of the artwork reflects on the evolution and integration of poetry and Arabic music. The meaning of Maqam links both the idea of a communal place where poets can recite their poems, and the idea of a unifying pitch and musical mode that is unique to Arabic traditional music, thus making poetry and music lyrically the same, but musically different. The installation physically manifests those two values and represents them as two separate entities that are unified by a third entity that conceptually brings both forms of art together. The free-flowing form consists of a series of rib profiles that are woven with metal facets and folded in a geometric way, allowing the structure to be exposed at the points where it connects to the two entities. The form of the Maqam allows for a level of interaction with artwork as the ribs constantly change in profile, letting people walk through it and experience it. The installation acts as a reverence to the evolution of music and poetry throughout the centuries, and their unification through a singular ideology that represents a change in pitch, pattern and musical mode.
In collaboration with Saad Boujane & Basil Al Taher