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IMPERATIVES OF THE LETTER LAM

IMPERATIVES OF THE LETTER LAM

The central motif of this work is the Arabic letter Laam, displaying the powerful presence of this character which is found in words such as Lawiah, Lawhat, and Labeeb.

Poetic excerpts within this piece are by Tarafah and articulate the idea that in time we all learn through experience and that nothing can be hidden forever:
“In time, day and night, all will be revealed to you of what you do not now know, and in time someone will come with news to all who are without it.”
Another saying from traditional Arabic poetry highlights:
“Be assured that days – or a lifetime – are the same as borrowed; therefore, if you can do a good deed or favour, quickly seize the opportunity.”

Original name (Arabic): لزوميَات الَلام
Original production date: 2009
Artwork Size: 154cm x 150cm
Materials: Acrylic on paper, mounted on canvas
Location of Original: Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE






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