A new body of work from his ongoing series Les Femmes D’Algers dedicated to the forgotten female combatants of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Whilst the name recalls Delacroix’s 1834 painting and Picasso’s 1954 homage to it, Faulwell instead chooses to present a co
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Climbing a Disappearing Ladder is a new body of work by Asad Faulwell (Caldwell, Idaho 1982). Part of his ongoing series Les Femmes D’Algers, the works are dedicated to the forgotten female combatants of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Whilst the name recalls Delacroix’s 1834 painting and Picasso’s 1954 homage to it, those artists depicted anonymous Algerian women in objectified and sexualized scenes, whereas Faulwell instead chooses to present a contemporary version of those paintings examining not only the narratives of specific women warriors, but the suffering they endured as soldiers in the civil war and the moral ambiguity of violent resistance to defy colonial rule.
The series was inspired by the 1966 Italian-Algerian historical war film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers. Several of these new works have taken on a new and exciting direction, moving from portraits to more abstracted, larger scale works. Faulwell's mixed-media paintings reference several visual traditions of religious iconography and cultural ornamentation, incorporating decorative motifs based on Islamic textile, varied architectures, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, and art history.