In these  images I have combined both camera and camera-less photography to create a body of work that acquires materiality at the juncture of poetry and life. The early medieval period was a turbulent time in the relationship between Christianity and Islam. Like now, though for different reasons, the world was conceptualised as flat, like a dance floor or photograph. Jalálu’l-Dín Rúmí (1207 -73) was a Persian mystical poet, perhaps the greatest, and in his work he engages with themes such as the nature of truth and beauty that are also influential upon the development of my practice and are explored in this series of photograms and digital prints.


With regards to my practice I have come to understand that dancing is a sort of calligraphy performed by the feet and of particular importance to me in making these works has been a remediation of a traditional Sufi dance called Sama.


Sara Sohrabian 

Sama Series, 2016.

RC black and white print,

24 x 20 cm (each image)

Sama #1, 2016.

RC black and white print, 24 x 20 cm

Sama #2, 2016.

RC black and white print,

24 x 20 cm

Sama #3, 2016.

RC black and white print,

24 x 20 cm

Sama #4, 2016.

RC black and white print,

24 x 20 cm

Sama #5, 2016.

Mixed media on Matte paper.

43.5 x 26.5cm

Sama #6, 2016.

Mixed media on Matte paper.

43.5 x 26.5cm

Sama #7, 2016.

Mixed media on Matte paper.

43.5 x 26.5cm 

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