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REVIEW - RASHID KHALIFA's 'Penumbra: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light'

By Gloria Wiley
Penumbra: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light, the debut London solo exhibition of acclaimed Bahraini artist Rashid Khalifa (b. 1952), brings together aluminium mesh wall works, steel grid mobiles and a colossal, walk-through maze. Held at Saatchi Gallery from 3 October - 19 November 2018, this immersive art exhibition curated by Tatiana Palinkasev and Eva McGaw invites you to explore the beauty of shadows and light cast through colourful architectural grids and geometric lattices.
The show draws inspiration from the mashrabiya, an element of traditional Middle Eastern architecture. Typically a projecting oriel window enclosed with wood latticework found on the second storey of a building, the mashrabiya provides privacy, enabling occupants to observe the street life below without themselves being spotted. It also helps prevent the scorching desert sun from overheating homes in summer while allowing breeze and a limited amount of light in. Yet, compared with actual mashrabiy…

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