installation with fishing line, wood, light, dimensions variable, commissioned by DUCTAC
For Amal Al Khaja, Ramadan comprises both physical and spiritual struggles and her installation captures this important duality. A key component of Ramadan is fasting, part of an overall striving to achieve purification which is both physical and spiritual. In fasting, believers detox the physical body to reach spiritual purity. When viewers enter the installation, they are confronted with a beautiful curtain, symbolizing earthly pleasures, separating them from the light on the other side, representing spiritual purity. As viewers try to reach the light, they become entangled in the curtain; thus they must choose either to avoid striving, or have the courage to attempt to break through the barrier.