“Why can’t a ruin itself be transformed into a meditation on something other…
a visual or sculptural poem that one hopes will open up new spaces for rethinking
about society, about ethics and identity itself.”
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In “White House”, Lida Abdul paints ruins in her home town Kabul white. “I wanted to create a kind of sculpture that was supposed to be an answer to those who only see destruction, and that could also indicate the possibility of solving problems far more difficult. At the same time, I wanted to preserve these ruins for the future. Simply as ruins. Not as monuments.”
ida Abdul was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1973, and lived in Germany and India as a refugee before coming to the U.S. She graduated from the University of California at Irvine with an MFA (2000) and has since exhibited both in the US and abroad. She has produced work in many media including video, film, photography, installation and live performance…
Lida Abdul: "There is the desire to speak in them, as if everything had to be spoken at the same time, the sounds of all the words simultaneously expressed but remaining intelligible, even to myself. There is a certain automatism about them as I am sure there must be to all true witnessing. Maybe I am wrong, but I am convinced that the body has its own memory banks that the mind does not always use. This for me is the paradox, the pornography of a necessary act that would require of some women to reveal everything, everything in order to really know if they have suffered."