HIGHLIGHTS from ‘Artist’s Rooms: Seher Shah with Randhir Singh’

Jameel Arts Center in Dubai. (Supplied)
Updated 28 February 2019
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HIGHLIGHTS from ‘Artist’s Rooms: Seher Shah with Randhir Singh’

Dubai: ‘Artist’s Rooms: Seher Shah with Randhir Singh’ will be at Jameel Arts Center in Dubai from March 7.

“Brownfield Estate”

New Delhi-based artists Seher Shah and Randhir Singh have collaborated on a series of works entitled “Studies in Form.” Shah is a graphic artist and Singh a photographer who trained as an architect. The series “draws on overlapping tropes in architecture, photography, drawing and printmaking.”

“Dentsu Head Office”

Shah and Singh focus on “fragmenting the architectural components” of five buildings in New Delhi, London, Tokyo (pictured), and Dhaka, which shared a number of visual features including “heavy massing, the sculptural use of concrete, and repetitive structural grids.”

“Flatlands Blueprints”

Along with their photographs of the five buildings, the artists also present a series of drawings — mock blueprints — which offer a different perspective and “explore notions of incompleteness and uncertainty as a counterpoint to determined architectural expression.”

 


Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

Updated 18 July 2019
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Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

  • Authorities estimate the mosquer dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries
  • Rare to find house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers

RAHAT, Israel: Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land, they said on Thursday.
The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.
There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.
Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.
“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.
“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”