Spectrum

2018

156 crushed, melted and recast soap bars, cast into a black soap plate, 124 x 240 x 55 cm. 

156, varieties of soap available in the Mena region were transformed by changing the shape, colour as well as the smell of the different varieties through a process of grinding, melting, and pouring. Each bar of soap served as an olfactory and shape object for interviews in which specific questions were asked. These related to synaesthesia, smell-memory associations, etc. Each bar of soap was then transformed into a new object through the process of transformation. It can thus be read as a kind of visual and olfactory archive associated with the personal experience of cleaning, with hygiene and order, as well as personal memories. However, the uniformity of the bars makes any relationship with the original bar of soap lost. The overall scent that greets the viewer can no longer be differentiated. This refers to the character of the memory work: at a respective call from the memory the same are already deformed.

Maraya Art Foundation, UAE Unlimited March-August 2019