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.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and ATHR