Award Winner 2011
Al-Fatlawi and Al-Ameri’s performances over the past 14 years all start from the same basic premise. They look for material that can combine with other substances or local conditions to create unique images. For these artists, performance art is a dynamic and experimental practice that can produce rich and unpredictable results. Their work is sustained and renewed by the vast array of available material, variations of time and place, and diverse themes. In another art form these perspectives would not be possible. Their performances work to produce images in the moment, without translation into words. Images, moments, change, passing through a place and remaining in memory give form to their practice, and are the elements they hope will communicate to viewers. Their performance images address the audience’s emotions rather than their intellect, making a pure exchange possible.