ESCAP3 Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa 21 Jan 2021 - 21 Mar 2021
Hmoud Alattawi, Connection (detail), 2019.
ESCAP3 Gallery presents Sacred curated by Madiha Sebbani, the third Group Exhibition opening Thursday 21 January – Thursday 21 March 2021. This is the first group exhibition to include international artists beyond Africa and the diaspora.
Participating artists include: Hicham Matini & Saad Nazih (Morocco); Hmoud Al Attawi, Ghada Al Rabee & Obaid Al Safi (Saudi Arabia); Tanisha Bhana, Bernard Brand, Allen Laing & Cow Mash (South Africa).
2020 Has undoubtedly been a year of catastrophe and uncertainty which has perhaps forced humanity to adapt, reflect on our habitual practices, our future existence, spiritual rituals and inherited values, and how the rapid increase in technological progress have on our everyday lives.
Inspired by Albert Einstein who said that: “life is sacred, that is to say that it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate” and Frank Capra, the Italian film director, who said that: “A hunch, is creativity trying to tell you something” engaging the interior of an artist in its immaterial quality and its relationship with their artistic practice.
Reflecting on the notion of Sacred, I wanted to explore varying perspectives from artists whose creative practices are inseparable from their beliefs, and how they transmute this intimate relationship into their everyday lives and work. The exhibition investigates the sacred as a global value aiming at creating a dialogue and providing insight into the various methodologies employed by the artists to shed light on their sacred studio work.