Waleed Arshad "The Vortex Between Light and Dark" February 16th – March 2nd 2013
The vortex between light and dark pulls us into a black hole of distraction, a state of delusion brought on by the narcotizing effects of modern consumer culture. An individual becomes lost, intoxicated by triviality, and gives up control in a spiritual void. This is a state of exile from our true selves, our creative selves. Waleed Arshad, in a collaborative exchange with Phirip Divine and BroucLeon, creates a presentation of art and music in the service of salvation through artistic expression.
Iraqi-born artist, Waleed Arshad often explores themes of instability in his artwork, navigating the space between home and exile by depicting symbols of displacement.
After being targeted for his work, Arshad now lives in exile in the United States. Waleed reflects, "I have to feel myself as a human being, and I can't be a real human being if I have to declare whether I am Shiite or Sunni."Exile is no easier. Asylum policies, plagued by ambivalent bureaucratic pitfalls, promote a limbo of disorientation, disqualification & dis- integration and corrode one’s sense of Self. In this state of uncertainty, loss of identity and control become an existential dilemma.“For me, the ultimate task for the artist is to give his artwork its own existence, independent of the artist himself.”
In Waleed’s new body of work, he has progressed beyond the status of “artist in exile” to further seek answers to the fundamental question of ''why do we exist?''
“For me, we exist to create.”