Safety Manual | Safwan Subzwari

2016
pen, water colors, digital design, dimensions variable, commissioned by DUCTAC

As a child, Safwan Subzwari made a list of all the things he was not allowed to do during Ramadan. He did this so as to earn the most possible sawab during the month and to remain vigilant of all actions that might break a fast. This piece is a gift to his younger self and to many others like him who have lived in constant paranoia of unwittingly breaking the fast and losing its benefits. An evolution of the list he had made in his early years, this work takes inspiration from the simple language of flight safety manuals as they communicate lifesaving instructions. For Subzwari, at that age, knowing how to properly fast felt as important as knowing how to operate an oxygen mask or a life vest in an emergency. 

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