Covenant by Haafiz Shahimi
Until May 10 | Core Design Gallery, Selangor
Extracted writing by falil johari
In this postmodern world, vigorous and unyielding as it is, stories of the prophets perhaps in some instances felt like fables — fictitious, extraordinary tales that urge oneself to look into and structure their lives towards leading a moral and ethical way of living, as all fables tend to do. there is advice to listen to, restrictions and regulations to follow, consequences to heed, and it all ended in the same way — as a lesson by which to increase knowledge as well as experience.
To convey the absolute oneness of god’s existence for a muslim is the highest priority. Stories of the prophets, time and again, relentlessly were about emphasising said conviction. Haafiz Shahimi comes in with the intent to visually interpret the moral teachings and wisdom that has been told in qiṣaṣ al-anbiyā’ and that he has learned during various circumstances and stages throughout his life — some of which with differing opinions that while he felt it is neither blasphemous nor doubtful, the stories are still encouraged to learn with open minds and interpretations.
Covenant is a showcase of a series of works that concentrate on the stories of the islamic prophets, an amalgamation of symbolic reinterpretations into a contemporary art form. It beseeches a deeper look into its significant usage of metal and clay as a harmonisation factor in regards to the materiality that relates to the existence of humankind.
Covenant is on display at Core Design Gallery, 87, Jln SS 15/2A, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor and the gallery open from Tue – Sat, 10AM – 6PM. Further information can be found at the website here and any inquiry can be directed at their landline, +603 5612 1168.