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Animated Images – An art project by the Syrian artist Sulafa Hijazi
Commissioned by Shubbak ‘A window on contemporary Arab culture’ in partnership with the British Council.
This project consists of a series of animated sequences, printed in the ‘Lenticular print technique’, in which the animation moves according to the viewing angle of the audience in the gallery.
It is a personal reflection addresses our relationship with new media, particularly within the current Syrian diaspora, when it has become almost a necessity for living.
At the same time the ‘addictive’ action of using social media cannot be ignored. The daily amount of photos being exhibited certainly affects they way we consume images.
Browsing through my Facebook home page, I can see images such as: a wedding, a corpse lying under the debris, traditional Syrian food made in Germany, friends celebrating, a destroyed building, a murdered child, body parts, a friend who committed suicide, a cat, an infographic describing the unjust laws for women in the Arab region, and an advertisement for a face makeup product.
What can we keep in our memory from the immense quantity of images? Can we shift our emotions in the same speed that we shift between these contrasting and varied images? And what is the fine line between using or abusing an image?
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