Suspended Together

Posted by on February 17, 2012

“Suspended Together” is a very elegant visual metaphor. I cannot say it better, so here is the artist statement about the work:

“Suspended Together” is an installation that gives the impression of movement and freedom. However, a closer look at the 200 doves allows the viewer to realize that the doves are actually frozen and suspended with no hope of flight. An even closer look shows that each dove carries on its body a permission document that allows a Saudi woman to travel. Notwithstanding their circumstances, all Saudi women are required to have this document, issued by their appointed male guardian.

The artist reached out to a large group of leading women from Saudi Arabia to donate their permission documents for inclusion in this artwork. “Suspended Together” carries the documents of award-winning scientists, educators, journalists, engineers, artists and leaders with groundbreaking achievements that gave back to their society. The youngest contributor is six months old and the oldest is 60 years old. In the artist’s words, “regardless of age and achievement, when it comes to travel, all these women are treated like a flock of suspended doves.”

Suspended Together is the work of Manal Al-Dowayan, and was part of the Future of a Promise exhibition during the 54th Venice Biennale.

Rarely have I ever seen art and politics (or a political statement) work this well together. This is lovely artwork and a strong statement and nothing is lost in translation.

all images from here

via Colossal

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