[BLOG] All the Small Things: Interview with Emirati Artist Nasir Nasrallah

Jul 16, 2014 5:09AM

If you happen to be in Sharjah and stumble upon a card with a curious rabbit illustration, at a café or ATM machine, flip it over and check for the question you get on the other side. A playful project that has locals scouting the nooks and crannies of their daily haunts, “Rabbit the Question” (2013– ), by Sharjah-based Nasir Nasrallah, has become a collector’s item that is inspiring people to engage with and be more attuned to their surroundings. Creating such exchanges with the public lies at the heart of Nasrallah’s installation-based practice. In recent years, he has produced various “machines”—using everything from knick-knacks and everyday objects to songs and participants’ stories—to create an alternative space for contemplation and imagination. In Sharjah, ArtAsiaPacific spoke to the 30-year-old artist about his stirs of whimsy and the various hats he wears as artist, government art administrator, curator and publisher. 


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