Anila Quayyum Agha’s ‘Intersections’ Sculpture Installed at Rice Gallery

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has installed her imposing shadow sculpture titled "Intersections" at Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas. She was inspired by her culture as she shows her interpretation of patterns and images that are found in Islamic temples. The laser-cut 6.5′ square wood cube is illuminated from the inside by a blinding 600-watt light bulb that casts a dizzying shadow throughout the gallery. This artwork is truly unique as the viewers interact with it by moving through the space and having the shadows cast on their bodies, incorporating themselves into the artwork.

From Rice Gallery:
Intersections is inspired by Agha’s visit to the Alhambra, an Islamic palace originally built in 889 in Granada, Spain. Struck by the grandeur of the space, Agha reflected upon her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan where culture dictated that women were excluded from the mosque, a place of creativity and community, and instead prayed at home. As she explains, “To my amazement [I] discovered the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up.” Agha translates these contradictory feelings into Intersections, a contemplative space of her own making that is open to all.
Besides, the photos taken from the exhibition, there is also an impressive video directed by Angela and Mark Walley of Walley Films, that captures this magnificent ArtPrize-winning installation along with Agha's penetrating profil. "Intersections" will be on view at Rice Gallery through December 6, 2015.

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