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IQRA

‘Iqra’, in Arabic, means ‘to read’. The first word uttered by the angel Gabriel as he descends from a violated heaven, it is the governing word which informs Petersen’s solo show. We must ‘learn to read’, she says, interpret the world in a more beneficent and inclusive manner, because if we do not do so we will remain the victims of religious dogma. 
At the heart of this wager is the artist’s fear of the threat posed by Wahabism, a political distortion of Islam in which love and grace, the foundation of the world’s great religions, is betrayed in the name of a nihilistic absolutism. For it is Wahabism which is the toxic core of the extremist Islamic movement – the Jihadists – for whom there is no God other than a vengeful and cruel one.

Participating: Thania Petersen

VENUE:

WHATIFTHEWORLD GALLERY
Address: 16 buiten street, cape town city centre
Cell: +27 76 422 2387
Viewing Hours: Tuesday - Friday 09:30 - 17:00. Saturday 09:30 - 14:00. Or by appointment.



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