Hussein Shikha – Weaving Of Sight
Hours and dates
- From Oct 27 to Oct 30 from 10:00 to 18:00
Hussein Shikha is a multidisciplinary artist, graphic designer, writer, and researcher. He was born and raised in Iraq and moved to Antwerp in 2009. He graduated with an MA in visual arts from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. His work deals with the preservation, translation, and digitization of the visual culture from his intersectional experience as an Iraqi-Belgian. Currently, he is doing research on the erasure of handmade Iraqi tapestries and its idea of ‘beauty’ that relates to Islamic art, as a way to de-modernize his creative practices.
KIKK in townWeaving of Sight
Similar to layers of threads, the brain can learn to recognize patterns which makes it capable of weaving together visual forms to create a visual tapestry or simply our sight.
Following Donna J. Haraway’s theory on neuron connections, through the subjective multi-layered consciousness, the artist’s brain becomes a metaphor for the neural network in which the spectator experiences presented works. That inner tapestry is embodied in the visual representation of one’s brain.
On the technical and aesthetic capacities of this work, pixelation becomes a thread or a connection between technologies of weaving and the development of digital computing. This work becomes an opposition against arguments which relegates carpet weaving to an older temporal order, one incapable of connecting to modern technologies. Contrary to conventional ways of seeing digital technologies, there are real and vital connections – structural, aesthetic, and even spiritual connections – between older ways of weaving reality and newer ways.