Exhibitions | The Truth
Iraqi artist, Nazar Yahya, creates conceptual works and his latest exhibition, “The Truth” is an exploration of the universal truth rooted in spirituality and our collective cultural heritage. His works of art range from sculptures constructed from industrial materials, such as plexi glass, to clever photographs.. Yahya explores this truth using three visual inspirations: Classical greek sculpture, sufism and his own truth that lies within his childhood memories.
Yahya created a series of works using a cloth that resembled his late mother’s Abaya by hanging them on a nail, or twisting and folding it in certain ways to construct images or words. The resemblance between the cloth used in his works and his mother’s abaya (robe)serves as a reminder of childhood. Moreover, the pieces in which the cloth hangs upon a nail gives off the illusion as if it is magically floating, evoking the mysticism within sufism. Lastly, in a series of portraits, Yahya creates photographs where his figure’s hands are covered in black gloves, appearing as though he is an ancient Greek sculpture and his hands have broken off throughout the ages. In others, it appears as though he is a headless marble sculpture.