© Maha Mustafa, Ibrahim Rashid

A Moment before You Close Your Eyes

Maha Mustafa et Ibrahim Rashid

October 27 to December 10, 2011

Visual Arts
October 27 to December 10, 2011

“Ultimately Maha Mustafa’s and Ibrahim Rashid’s art is a project of liberty and independence where the field of vision is widening and the dialogue is deepening. ”
Clemens Altgård, extrait de Beyond 100 degrees centigrade (Väner Museum, Danemark)

A Moment before You Close Your Eyes is a critical examination of contemporary society. Powerful and provocative imagery emanates from the work of these 2 artists who experienced both the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars first-hand. Their work integrates video, photography, sculpture and installation and deals specifically with dehumanisation, violence and environmental destruction. Are humans physically transformed by their surroundings? What is the psychological impact of a chaotic landscape on the human psyche? The artists’ installations needle and taunt yet, at the same time, symbolize life’s force in the face of destruction.

Maha Mustafa and Ibrahim Rashid are Toronto-based artists. Both born in Iraq, they lived and worked in Sweden for 20 years before moving to Canada in 2005 where they continue to develop their artistic practice. They have a twenty year solo and collective exhibition history, having exhibited in museums and public art galleries throughout Canada, USA, Europe, and the Middle East.

Maha Mustafa and Ibrahim Rashid

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