Broken Weddings in Beir Al Sabe
2301 DMC spools mounted on aluminium laid on wood, in 4 parts
each: 110 by 110 by 3.7 cm. 43⅜ by 43⅜ by 1½ in.
overall: 220.8 by 220.8 by 3.7 cm. 87 by 87 by 1½in.
Executed in 2019.
Please note the colours in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings
This work is in very good condition. Very close inspection reveals a few loose threads, which are in keeping with the artist's choice of materials. Extremely close inspection reveals a few minute media accretions to some of the spools, which appear to be original.
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This famous, six-word story, written by Ernest Hemingway, came to mind when Amer Shomali was faced with a wedding dress exhibited at an Israeli auction in 2017. Legend has it that Hemingway won a ten-dollar bet, crafting this novel in just six words and moving his fellow writers to tears. As Shomali looked upon this ornately embroidered thobe, he couldn’t help but be moved by it’s untouched state and question why such a piece would go unused. Capturing details of abandoned dresses, such as the one he came across at the Israeli auction, Shomali set out to create a series of reconstructions, to give them a second life.
Shomali, a Palestinian multidisciplinary artist, is not bound by any medium. Painting, films, digital media, installations, the artist is constantly experimenting with new ways to explore and interact with the sociopolitical scene in Palestine. Broken Weddings in Beir Al Sabe, is an impressive example of Shomali’s wedding dress reconstructions. Composed of 2304 individual spools across 4 panels, Shomali replaces each stitch of patterns from the original dress with hues of coloured yarn. The result is a kaleidoscopic vision of colour, transforming the patterns of the unused dress into monumental installation. Each spool of yarn, every one of them untouched and unused, echo the abandonment of the source dress. The present work was featured in Gohyang:Home at the Seoul Museum of Art, an exhibition introducing key artists from the Middle East to South Korea. Such recognition asserts Shomali as an emerging international talent; his reconstructions of wedding dresses embody a sense of loss that can be felt on a universal level.