Silsila and Negative’s Capable Hands



Photographic series and video, 2014

“Using the body as a metaphor for spatial and temporal transgressions, Sama Alshaibi details the consequences of war, the psychic effects of forced migration, and the ecological crises that result from such manmade disasters.

In Negative’s Capable Hands, Alshaibi describes how scarce natural resources and violent conflicts are often connected. The artist’s multimedia project, Silsila reconsiders the travelogue genre with this causal relationship in mind by retracing the route of fourteenth-century Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta across North Africa and West Asia to the Maldives as she identifies the cultural continuity that exists despite the ongoing fragmentation of local communities. ”