Shadia Alem, ‘Harj Bin Marj’, 2003, ATHR
Shadia Alem, ‘Harj Bin Marj’, 2003, ATHR
Shadia Alem, ‘Harj Bin Marj’, 2003, ATHR
Shadia Alem, ‘Harj Bin Marj’, 2003, ATHR
Shadia Alem, ‘Harj Bin Marj’, 2003, ATHR
Shadia Alem, ‘Harj Bin Marj’, 2003, ATHR

ARTIST STATEMENT

Harj Bin Marj is an old folklore, telling the story of Quoot Al-Qoloub, a woman imprisoned by her father, a King, in the cellars of his castle, hidden from any masculine corruption.

The King was spurned by fear of a prophecy that he would be disgraced by his daughter for wanting a man. Quoot Al-Qoloub was kept in an entirely feminine world until she escaped and fulfilled her role in the world as a creative and intelligent woman.

Indeed a story of survival, the scroll of Harj Bin Marj overcame the 2010 flooding of the artist’s Jeddah home, being lost in 2014 and found again in 2015. The scroll is a delicate work that spanned more than a decade, with a story that resonates to the female struggles today.