Between Love and War
Between Love and War
Between Love and War

Between Love and War

2012

Plaster, paint, rusted metal, found objects, rigid foam

26" x 48" x 14"

While its title poses an opposition between two sides, Between Love and War presents a scene of suspension. The sculpture installs a drama of above and below: a single pitched roof reaches up to a steep height while gnarled roots proliferate downwards. Between these, new spaces are made from where walls have gone, so that exposed architecture become new supports. A red liturgical robe hangs on a rod suspended between two discontinuous walls. Behind a bloom of red anemones, a screen of wired mesh is echoed in the imprinted plaster above and barred window atop, constituting a facade of permeable layers. Between Love and War suggests that such a dichotomy (as if love were opposite or a solution to war) occludes the needs of those who must dwell and live in the spaces created between -- and despite -- impossible opposites.   

A digital program, with student curated research materials, for the exhibition Critical Refuge: Sculptures by Mohamad Hafez on view at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, August 30 - December 20, 2017.

This project is generously sponsored by the YALE Digital Humanities Laboratory, the Council on Middle East Studies, the Public Humanities Program and the Whitney Humanities Center.