Flying Carpets (Nadia Kaabi-Linke)

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You can look at it from across the room or directly from underneath it. Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s Flying Carpet was a standout at the exhibition of art from the Arab world at the Guggenheim. The frame is made of aluminum, but the hanging lines are made of thread. It’s both restricted and cage-like but also like a vast lattice, a sprawling construction lifted up off the ground and suspended in the air, casting shadows on the wall. This interview , which you can read here, is quite good. Is it a bridge or a cage, the artists asks.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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