This too shall pass

This exhibition was my solo show in Artim Contemporary Art Space which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, 2016.More info

Concept:

I have always been fascinated to see the Buddhist monks of Tibet spend months of work in their temples for drawing a big and com- plicated colorful painting made of colored sand on the ground and at the end destroy it often by opening the doors and windows for the wind to swipe away all of their e ort as a symbol of the Bud- dhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life. The initial sparkle of these series was born in my mind when I watched a documentary on how artworks of the famous gra ti artist Bank- sy are being ripped o along with the wall to be sold in auctions, which is totally counter to the spirit this artist created them for. Art is meant to be an experience not a product. So I decided to make some artwork which is only an experience and cannot be turned to a product later and also symbolizing mortality of the nature at the same time. I began working on works which will self-destruct by the end of their exhibiting period. So all the works exhibited will have their own life span. They will live and die during the time that is meant for them to be exhibited. The spirit of the works are based on my all-time thoughts about our existence and our relation with the time. That how we are gifted our times on earth and how should we evaluate it. I can say that this exhibition is a great representation of my thoughts, ideas and worries about the existence, the time and the being.

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

The humankind always dreams of immortality. We carve our names on stones as testaments of our existence, when these rocks turn into the same dust as their inscribers. For we were made from dust, and to dust we shall return. This work consists of a big black board mounted onto the wall. On this board a poem by Omar Khayyam is written using naphthalene. Naphthalene is a chem- ical substance that slowly evaporates from solid form into gas through time. It will take around 5 to 6 weeks for the poem to disappear.

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

The incandescent light bulbs convert less than 5% of the energy they use into visible light; remaining energy is converted into heat. In this installation, three lamps of different voltages are placed inside separate boxes. Over each of the lamps there is a container filled with water that weighs the same as the two hammers fixed on each side of the scales. During the exhibition, the heat of the lamps will slowly steam the water away. This process will eventually trigger the mechanism which will release two hammers from each side breaking the lamp. The brighter the lamp is, the faster it gets crashed.

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

Nothing is eternal; rocks and mountains, continents, planets and even atoms will all be gone one day. Everything is slowly washed away by the passage of time. The next work consists of a symbolic bust of a human made of hardened sand placed in a box. A fan is built into the structure of the box so that the spinner creates an arti cial wind. The friction swirls the sand against the sculpture and gradually begins to sand it away. The fan will be working non-stop till the end of the exhibition until there is noth- ing left from the sculpture, as it will be turned back into sand.

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

A clock is condemned to only one function – to be an intermediary between time and people. The nature of a clock is to show time in an exact and steady ad- vancement; and if we take this away we devoid the clock of its prime function and the object is no longer a clock. In this installation the above-mentioned na- ture of the clock is used against itself. Several clocks are attached to the ceiling with spools xed to the hour arrows of the clocks. These spools turn 720 degrees every 24 hours along with the clock handle, and slowly roll up the thread around. When all of the thread is rolled up, the pin holding the clock will be pulled which will cause the clock to fall from the ceiling and break. The fate of the clock is to die because of its sole nature of being a clock. As time will pass the clocks xed to the ceiling will fall down and break one by one and at the end of the exhibition none of the clocks remains on the ceiling.

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan

The humankind always dreams of immortality. We carve our names on stones as testaments of our existence, when these rocks turn into the same dust as their inscribers. For we were made from dust, and to dust we shall return. This work consists of a big black board mounted onto the wall. On this board a poem by Omar Khayyam is written using naphthalene. Naphthalene is a chem- ical substance that slowly evaporates from solid form into gas through time. It will take around 5 to 6 weeks for the poem to disappear.

This Too Shall Pass Solo Exhibition of Habib Saher in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Origin exhibition

    An exhibition by Habib Saher and Elvin Nabizade in Kichikqalart Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

     

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This too shall pass

This exhibition was my solo show in Artim Contemporary Art Space which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, 2016. More infoConcept:I have always been fascinated to see the Buddhist monks of Tibet spend months of work in their temples for drawing a big and… Read more

Origin exhibition

An exhibition by Habib Saher and Elvin Nabizade in Kichikqalart Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan Read more