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Composition - 22,500

22,500

  • Object:

    Composition

  • Place of origin:

    Baltimore (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shafie, Hadieh, born 1969

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with support from the Director's Circle

  • Museum number:

    ME.1-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Hadieh Shafie's work is inspired by the Sufi mystic movements in Islam. Sufis use the language of love to describe humanity's relationship with God, and they forget everyday concerns by perfecting repetitive practices.

Shafie prints or writes Sufi texts in Persian on paper strips, rolls them tightly and slides them within a frame. Most of the mystic text is concealed within the roll of paper, just as the mystic knowledge of Sufis is felt to be hidden within them as they perform ritual whirling dances. The title of 22500 Pages tells us how many strips of paper this work contains.

In Shafie's work this notion of meditative process, repetition and time is a constant theme. The time spent in writing and rolling the strips of paper is an important, performative part of the artistic process. Shafie seeks to create pieces which are rich in layers of meaning and which prompts the viewer towards contemplation and reflection.

Shafie created this work especially for the Jameel Prize 2011, a biennial award for contemporary art, craft and design inspired by Islamic tradition held in the V&A.

Physical description

Composition comprising 22,500 wound paper scrolls, printed and hand written with Farsi text, mounted on a circular base board.

Place of Origin

Baltimore (made)

Date

2011 (made)

Artist/maker

Shafie, Hadieh, born 1969

Materials and Techniques

Ink on paper.

Dimensions

Width: 122 cm, Depth: 6.5 cm

Descriptive line

Composition, '22,500', comprising 22,500 wound paper scrolls, printed and hand written with Farsi text, mounted on a circular base board, by Hadieh Shafie, USA, 2011.

Labels and date

Hadieh Shafie
Shafie’s work is inspired by the Sufi mystic movements in Islam.
Sufis use the language of love to describe humanity’s relationship
with God, and they forget everyday concerns by perfecting repetitive
practices. Meditative repetition is also found in many traditional craft
practices in the Islamic world.
Shafie prints or writes Sufi texts in Persian on paper strips, rolls them
tightly and slides them within a frame. Most of the mystic text is
concealed within the roll of paper, just as the mystic knowledge of
Sufis is felt to be hidden within them as they perform ritual whirling
dances. The titles of 22500 Pages and 26000 Pages tell us how many
strips of paper each work contains.
Hadieh Shafie was born in Iran in 1983. She lives and works in the
USA.
22500 Pages
Hadieh Shafie, 2011
Paper, ink and wood panel
Courtesy of Hadieh Shafie
[21/07/2011 - 25/09/2011]

Production Note

Created especially for the Jameel Prize 2011 exhibition at the V&A, 21 July- 25 September 2011.

Materials

Paper; Ink; Varnish; Wood; Material

Categories

Islam

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Middle East Section

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