News 24 | The Last Tashahhud An artwork that reflects the situation of abandoned mosques on the roads

News 24 | The Last Tashahhud An artwork that reflects the situation of abandoned mosques on the roads
News 24 | The Last Tashahhud An artwork that reflects the situation of abandoned mosques on the roads
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When the traveler intends to leave through the highways between cities, he will most likely choose to stop at one of the mosques scattered on those roads, which represent a haven for him to spend his duties, but some of those places designated for worship have been neglected and are no longer suitable for prayer with reverence and spirituality due to the lack of availability. Maintenance and rehabilitation projects in several cases.

Those mosques scattered on the highways appeared to be the idea of ​​​​a work of art that inspired the plastic artist Moaz Al-Awfi to formulate and improve it through a new masterpiece he called “The Last Tashahhud”, to decide to participate in it in the Biennale of Islamic Arts in its first edition in Jeddah.

The work includes a series of photographs documenting the deserted chapels scattered along the winding roads leading towards Medina in particular, while these photographs were collected and inserted into light boxes similar to billboards.

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The act of the last tashahhud, according to Al-Awfi’s vision, bears a remarkable paradox reflected in those religious buildings scattered on the roads. After the government established them or they were built by some benefactors several times to perform worship, they are no longer hinted at except by passers-by passing on their way to their destination, to propose Questions such as: What are the best ways to preserve, rebuild and take care of these buildings?

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The work by Al-Awfi comes as part of his participation in the Biennale of Islamic Arts, which is held in the Western Pilgrims Hall at Jeddah Airport, and is considered the largest event for Islamic art in the world. .

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