Athr Gallery

Highly Strung

Hosted by: Athr Gallery


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Past Exhibition Information

June 2, 2021 - June 9, 2021

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Highly Strung is a durational body of work, which explores notions of motherhood, domesticity and the invisibility of a woman’s labour.

Produced over 365 days, Haidar made a record of an act of invisible labour she accomplished, one for every day of the year. These mundane acts are the sum of her every day, as mother, wife, caregiver and woman. Each act has been carefully embroidered onto an item found within the home and presented, literally, Highly Strung on washing lines. The installation invites the audience to navigate their way through the space, enfolded by the volume of the work, serving to make the invisible visible.

Haidar repositions the domestic space as a political site exploring its relationship to artistic work, repetition, care work, paid/unpaid, cleaning, parenting and the working body. The pricing of the work is conceptually intrinsic and a playful attempt to quantify the labour force of motherhood that is round the clock, unpaid and undervalued in society. It’s been calculated based on working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for one whole year at an hourly rate of £8.72 - the lowest minimum wage band for over 25s in the UK.

About Aya Haidar
Aya Haidar is a Lebanese-British inter-disciplinary artist whose craft based practice unfolds silenced narratives
around socially and politically engaged issues. Haidar was born in 1985 and currently lives and works
in London.

She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art (London), having completed an exchange program at the School of the Art Institute (Chicago). She went on to achieve an MSc in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London).

Solo and group exhibitions include Cubitt (London), Art Berlin Contemporary (Germany), Athr Gallery (Jeddah), Bischoff Weiss (London), New Art Exchange (Nottingham), Jeddah 21,39 (KSA), Mosaic Rooms (London), Casa Arabe (Madrid), FIAC (Paris), Art Dubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi Art (UAE), Art Istanbul (Turkey).

Her numerous social engagement projects, include Mosaic Rooms’ Together Apart: Lockdown Diaries, INIVA's A Place for Conversation, V&A's Record, Resist, Reframe, Tate's Illuminating Cultures program and INIVA’s Emotional Learning Cards, as well as being selected for Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hoor Al Qasemi’s Do It Arab project.

Most recent Artist Residencies include Deveron Projects (Aberdeenshire) and Cubitt Arts (London).

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Athr Gallery

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As a relentless supporter of young as well as established artists from Saudi Arabia and the Arab region, Athr has been providing a number of opportunities for furthering knowledge and experience within its multidisciplinary space in Jeddah and beyond, such as international residencies, special commissions, international group exhibitions, symposia, funding and more.

Founded by Hamza Serafi­ and Mohammed Hafi­z, whose passion and network allow Athr to have a deeply engaged discourse in the local art scene, they have taken on the initiative of filling the absence of public art institutions, museums and art schools to establish a sustainable art scene open to the world all while having an international presence.