JAMAAT (2018)

Made in collaboration with Brick Lane Jamme Masjid community, a series of film installations have been made and exhibited in the mosque. Night of Power (2018) was installed and screened to the congregation on the 27th night of Ramadan, providing an opportunity to gain valuable feedback from the Jamme Masjid Mosque community. The moving film projection appears to be multi-layered, as the image of the carpet maps perfectly with the real carpet, whereas the bodies in prayer become ghostly illusions. This prompted the audience to question what is real and what is illusion. Night of power (2018) brings forth very precise relationships between body and space, helped by the fact that the people it addresses are all people coming to worship and therefore invested in the place. How much are the religious practices responsible for making the place and therefore integral to it? It could be argued that there is already a form of site-integrity in the mosque because of the religious and social practices that happen there, the performance of worship make it a mosque.

At the end of the residency, the Jamme Masjid will invite the general public into the main prayer hall and female prayer room. This will provide an opportunity for non-muslims to experience Jamaat (Arabic: جماعتِ ‎) (meaning Assembly) first hand via a site-specific re-presentation, to open debate and question representation.

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Documentation of filming, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.

Documentation of filming, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.

Female prayer room, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.

Female prayer room, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.

Night of Power, single screen video with sound, 05'21", 2018.

Moving projection, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.

Moving projection, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.

Detail of camera motorised rig, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid

Detail of camera motorised rig, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid

Moving projection, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.

Moving projection, Brick Lane Jamme Masjid.