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When the Moon is Full

When the Moon is Full

Noor Riyadh





Zaman Jassim’s When the Moon is Full (2021) is a project in which the artist stands in a nostalgic pause before a moment of farewell and reflects on all that is beautiful in a lifetime. Two separate scenes represent the inevitability of departure: of the moon after its completion, and of life and the fleeting memories of the past. As the moon is illuminated by sunlight, man is illuminated by the light of his life partner, leaving the viewer to ponder on the metaphorical similarities between man and the celestial bodies that orbit our universe. The piece presents multiple layers of sensory stimuli – sounds, scripts, images and illumination – to transport the audience to another dimension outside of space and time. The light emanating from the installation’s luminous holograms reflects the impact that humans have on this universe and urge us to do well. When the Moon is Full concludes a dreamy, contemplative journey that started with the artist’s previous projects Birth and The Scent of My Loved Ones. Poetry by Yusef Al-Breih, calligraphy by Hassan Radwan, performance by Muhammad Talaqif and Rabab Al Ismail.