London based Artist and Curator Ibrahim Azab shifts between Sculpture, Performance and Photography. Ideas of process, perception, and information form the centre point of Azab’s practice whilst surrounding research of his work investigates the relationship between the subconscious and reality, material and immaterial within a hyper-consumer and visual culture. His work explores the photograph as object, through digital and physical intervention, with a focus towards the movement and transfer of visual language as abstract information. Significantly the work of Ibrahim Azab is concerned with failure and representation within the photographic medium, playfully surfacing the act of seeing and unseeing through phenomenological understanding of the surface.
FOPDTMM reveals a process and failure of experience through object, sound and the photographic medium. Ibrahim Azab constructs collages made from magazine cut outs and his personal imagery, highlighting the process of reproducing memory and material. Through digital and physical interventions of adding and removing material, Azab uses the mechanical and the manual as a means of producing a work of art. He explores the perception of music and memory to form an understating of the subconscious and challenges the authentic in photographic representations.
For W. Benjamin the work of art encompasses this process quite literally. Through the mechanical processes of photography ‘such as enlargement or slow motion’ or rather in this case the use of post production and collaging, the image can escape its authentic or original position, becoming something further than the physical, mirroring how the subconscious seamlessly performs this process with our own memories.
Through this playful investigation, Azab attempts to dematerialise the surrounding world through everyday consumer images but more significantly the artist forms a visceral understanding of images and materials which becomes a vessels of re-appropriated experiences, memories and images.
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