Rheim Alkadhi


Posted in Uncategorized by /// on 21/05/2016


former coastal waters, discarded clothing, human labor, existing geo-political conditions.
Bahrain, 2014

Within the boundaries of Adliya-Manama’s Block 338, at the foot of an abandoned palace, on grounds that were once coastal waters, I began digging holes of varying depth, along with three gallery assistants. Seawater might have rushed to the surface from below, symptomatic of rampant land reclamation by developers. Procured from a farmer in the outlying village of Buri, scores of sichra (discarded clothing used in a centuries-old irrigation practice) were to be dropped into the holes, absorbing and diverting water, and then buried in situ, leaving a landscape intervention that directly referenced, on a different scale, the Dilmun Burial Mounds of Bahrain.
Although I had the pleasure to research and develop my concept, to procure the sichra and prepare the earth, as well as to begin digging at the proposed site, I was unexpectedly ordered to cease until unspecified paperwork was issued by interested bureaucratic parties.
The life and death of this project are remembered via its digital representation.


Comments Off on Description