DUBAI: Sara Naim’s exhibition ‘Buidling Blocks’ will be at The Third Line in Dubai from Jan.16 – Feb. 27
This titular piece is created from one of three elements that Syrian artist Sara Naim has used in her second solo exhibition at The Third Line — soap from Aleppo. The other two are jasmine and soil from Naim’s grandmother’s garden in Damascus. All three are triggers of scent memories from Naim’s homeland.
Most of the exhibition features photographs taken through a scanning electron microscope, capturing the cellular structure of each element and magnifying it, then mounting the images on wood and plexiglass. The results included “deliberate glitches,” that, the artist says, “hint at the imperfections of memory and … human nature.”
Naim’s large-scale reproduction of the organic “topographies” she views through the microscope, the artist suggests, “dissects how proportion shapes of perception and notion of boundary.” The press release asks: “If borders do not exist on a cellular scale, can we define ‘border’ on a macro scale?”