For this site-specific installation at the Sullivan galleries in Chicago, I carved an Islamic talisman into the gallery’s permanent wall. The talisman, now a part of the Islamic Collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, was originally inscribed into a 13th century Egyptian building facade for protection. This fragment contains the words directly from the Quran on God’s Sovereignty. I carved a blown up version of it into a decade’s accumulation of paint on the surface of the gallery wall. By means of this excavation process, multiple temporalities were revealed, and it marked an attempt at finding commonality amongst seemingly disparate histories.
This tile is a part of the Metropolitan Museum collection of Islamic Art.