Art Dubai

2017

Violence is similarly writ large in Amini’s practice, which explores the transformative legacies of brute force. Often grotesque in their genocidal intimations of charred bodies, his works can be difficult to encounter. They are poignant reminders of how objects can become receptacles of violence, in the same way that transgenerational trauma lodges itself in the body. Amini’s columnar installation has a darkly visceral, animalistic quality: glue, sheep skin, and camel wool are juxtaposed with woods and metals that in turn suggest the degraded scaffolding of society. Despite the desecration, the installation invokes the inviolable sanctity of even the most decimated of ruins.

“Halab! Halab!”, installation, (wood, iron, goat skin, and salt), 140 x 140 x 245 cm, 2017
“Halab! Halab!” (Detail), installation, (wood, iron, goat skin, and salt), 140 x 140 x 245 cm, 2017
“Halab! Halab!” (Detail), installation, (wood, iron, goat skin, and salt), 140 x 140 x 245 cm, 2017
“Halab! Halab!”, installation, (wood, iron, goat skin, and salt), 140 x 140 x 245 cm, 2017
“JELD (Arabic): Skin” (Detail), installation, (iron, sheepskin, rope, glue and camel wool), 140 x 140 x 245 cm, 2017
“JELD (Arabic): Skin”, installation, (iron, sheepskin, rope, glue and camel wool), 140 x 140 x 245 cm, 2017
“JELD (Arabic): Skin”, installation, (iron, sheepskin, rope, glue and camel wool), 140 x 140 x 245 cm, 2017