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Ramya Khatifah: A Hold Up Between Opposing Sides

Ramya Khatifah: A Hold Up Between Opposing Sides

"Ramya Khatifah: A Hold Up Between Opposing Sides" is a captivating artwork that explores the tension between expression and execution. With its striking monochromatic color scheme and sensitive gradations of impression, this piece invites the viewer to consider the complex relationship between form and meaning.

At the heart of the work are poems by Ibi Abdil Birr Al Qurtobi, a towering figure in Arabic literature. These poems, drawn from Al Qurtobi's "Bahjat Al Majahis," offer a powerful critique of the unjust state of the world and a warning to those who would seek to perpetuate it. They remind us that there is a higher power, an absolute owner and judge, who will hold accountable all those who seek to do harm.

Measuring 150cm x 120cm and crafted from acrylic on paper mounted on canvas, "Ramya Khatifah: A Hold Up Between Opposing Sides" is a thought-provoking and memorable artwork. Originally created in 2003, it was sold at auction to a private collector, where it continues to inspire and challenge viewers to reflect on the complexities of the human experience.

Here is an example poem by Ibi Abdil Birr Al Qurtobi:

The world is a broken place
Where justice is hard to find
Where the powerful prey on the weak
And the innocent suffer
But do not despair
For there is a higher power
Who will bring judgement to all
In the end, we will see justice done

And here is another example poem exploring the tension between expression and execution:

The pen is mightier than the sword
But words are only as powerful as the actions they inspire
For it is in the execution of our ideals
That we truly make our mark on the world
So let us strive to put our words into action
And make a difference in the lives of others.

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Alif Sucoon
Alif Sucoon

"Ermes uses a bold and striking color palette in "Alif Succoon", incorporating shades of red and black to convey a sense of passion and intensity. The composition of the artwork is dynamic and expressive, with the elements arranged to create a sense of movement and energy. The use of texture and form adds depth and dimension to the piece, drawing the viewer in and inviting them to explore its themes more deeply.

The poem written by Muaan Ibn Aws, one of the most influential poets in Arabic literature, speaks out against corruption and social decay, declaring the poet's stance on honor. The artwork captures the emotion and urgency of the poem, inviting the viewer to consider their own values and beliefs."

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Tughra: Whispers of Wisdom: An Artistic Tribute to Abul Ala Al Ma’arri
Tughra: Whispers of Wisdom: An Artistic Tribute to Abul Ala Al Ma’arri

In his artwork titled "Tughra," Ali Omar Ermes incorporates a powerful verse from the philosopher-poet Abul Ala Al Ma’arri. The verse speaks to the idea that when one speaks of the truth, they must do so softly and with caution, as the truth can often be unpopular or unwelcome. In contrast, when one speaks of things that are implausible or untrue, they can do so loudly and without fear of reprisal. This observation is particularly relevant in today's world, where it is often easier to speak out and make bold claims, regardless of their veracity.

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Harf Ul Dal
Harf Ul Dal

This breathtaking piece by Ali Omar Ermes showcases the versatility and depth of the Arabic language through the use of a single stroke technique. Through this technique, Ermes is able to convey a range of emotions and expressions that range from the simplest and most direct to the most complex and nuanced.

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