ZAMZAM / FATIMA BARZNGE
Fatima Barznge’s artist book ZAMZAM presents a study of the square, the basic motif in Islamic art and an important shape in the pre-Islamic Babylonian civilization. Each drawing is square in format, some consisting entirely of a plane woven out of slanted, quivering lines, others subdivided diagonally in seemingly endless variations of triangular tessellations. Despite their abstraction, the drawings are deeply personal, based on memories from Barznge’s youth until the age of seventeen in the northern Iraq town of Aghjalar, later destroyed by war. The title of the series, Zamzam, makes this cultural connection explicit; it refers to one of Islam’s founding legends: Hajar, the mother of Ismail, exiled in the desert at Mecca in search for water. Miraculously, God provides a source, a well in the valley between the two hills; this well is called Zamzam.
SPECIAL: You can choose the special edition with the hand drawn blue lines cover € 30
or the normal edition with blanco cover €20
Size 21 x 21 cm