Zahir & Batin : Rhythms of Being

Fareena Chanda's IAMD Thesis Exhibition

April 10 to April 14, 2012


The research project questions the definition and teleology of the term Islamic art while positioning a contemporary practice of art and design within the historical discipline. Specifically, Zahir & Batin: Rhythms of Being explores the concept of zahir (exoteric) and batin (esoteric) in Sufi tradition, utilizing intuition and the body as vehicles for attaining esoteric knowledge. The project engages the concept of the body in Islamic tradition, phenomenology, installation art practices, critical design and time-based media.