Highlights from ‘The Silence is Still Talking,’ showing at Jeddah’s Athr Gallery

Muhannad Shono's solo exhibition: The Silence Is Still Talking. (Supplied)
Updated 30 August 2019

Highlights from ‘The Silence is Still Talking,’ showing at Jeddah’s Athr Gallery

Here are some highlights from the Saudi artist Muhannad Shono’s ‘The Silence is Still Talking,’ showing at Jeddah’s Athr Gallery until September 25. 

‘Interpretations 01’

The Riyahd-based artist’s solo exhibition “explores ‘the word’ and its emergence,” according to the gallery’s promotional material. It continues Shono’s practice of pigment on paper: He ground charcoal ‘words’ to dust, then used inaudible sound waves to reform the words on paper.

‘The Silent Press’

The centerpiece of the show is this large installation, which consists of three conjoined pigment-on-paper scrolls, and which the gallery says “refers to the spoken silences of animate and inanimate practitioners of the free word that await patiently to be experienced.”

‘Interpretations 03’

The specks of pigment left by the charcoal after it has been manipulated by sound represent, the gallery suggests, “the nuance, context and depth of meaning that accompany each word as it reemerges” and also “the infinite possibilities of meaning.”


Qantas urges rapper will.i.am to withdraw racism accusation against staffer

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Qantas urges rapper will.i.am to withdraw racism accusation against staffer

  • Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am said on Twitter he was racially targeted by a Qantas airline attendant
  • Qantas, which called the incident a ‘misunderstanding,’ has requested the rapper to retract his statement

MELBOURNE: Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas, said on Monday it stood ready to offer legal assistance to a member of its flight crew named in a racism accusation by Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am on social media.
The US singer had taken a flight about 1-1/2-hours long to Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, from northeastern Brisbane to play at a concert on Saturday, but was met by Australian federal police at the arrival gate.
He said on Twitter he was racially targeted by an airline attendant, whom he identified by name, after failing to put away his laptop as the flight prepared to land, because he had put on noise-canceling headphones to “make beats.”
Qantas, which called the incident a “misunderstanding,” has requested the rapper to retract his statement.
“Absent a retraction, and if the crew member wanted to take the matter further, we’d certainly be willing to provide legal support for them to do this,” a spokesman told Reuters in a statement.
Police confirmed they spoke to crew and passengers at the airport, but said no further action was required. “The Australian Federal Police considers this matter finalized,” they said in a statement.
On Saturday, will.i.am said in a post on Twitter, “Is calling the police on a passenger for not hearing (the) P.A. due to wearing noise-canceling headphones appropriate?”
He added, “If didn’t put away my laptop ‘in a rapid 2min time’ I’d understand. I did comply quickly & politely, only to be greeted by police. I think I was targeted.”
As of Monday, will.i.am had not made any retraction on social media, even as other commenters pointed out that the crew member he identified had received threats on social media as a result.
He pointed out that if he were rude to a fan or journalist, he would be publicly named.
“This is what Twitter is for...we are supposed to call out wrongdoings so we can have a safer, more compassionate world,” will.i.am said.
Reuters was not able to contact the rapper through his agency, and he did not immediately respond to a request for comment on social media.