Installation view, Uqbar

Installation view, Uqbar

Installation details

CharBagh (Four Gardens) is a mixed-media installation that draws upon accounts of earth, heaven, and hell from Islamic sacred texts. Within these texts, each space is described in detail, in particular heaven, where four gardens are described with abundant fruit, flowing waters, and lounging virgins. In an attempt to queer these ideas, this installation mimics the hierarchical composition of earth, heaven, and hell – and through the voice of a gay Iraqi refugee, questions the place of gay suffering within this narrative.

The installation is made of mixed-media paintings, watercolor studies of plants, video: an interview with an Iraqi refugee: Gay narrations of home, digital photographs printed on fine art paper, and black thread.