The meaning of Prayer

5 December '19 at 6:00 pm - 4 January '20 at 8:00 pm

Mohammed Fadhel Ben Khalfallah began his artistic journey in Tunisia, nearly 30 years ago and continues in Paris. Early on in life, he took the first steps of a journey to explore a parallel pathway, an ancient and universal one that expresses itself differently, according to place and time. This led Ben to adopt practices and traditions from different cultures. He has learnt to appreciate the peace and calm achieved through yogic practices, such as those advocated by Buddhism. Many of the works shown here are derived from periods of meditation. Blending images and symbols from different religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs, with the richness of his Islamic culture, Ben has given visual expression to his inner spiritual quest. Ben’s work originates in Kufic calligraphy, which is the highest form of Islamic art. Calligraphy itself is a universal art closely connected with the sacred. As though a prayer, it is an attempt to reach the universal. It reminds the viewer of the connections between peoples. While only a few travel the road, each one of us has glimpses of that yearning. For many years now, Ben has produced and exhibited calligraphic designs of outstanding quality.





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