Currents have their velocity; skins have their texture (2021)
Meshwork, curated by Grace Pundyk at the Sidespace gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania
Azza Zein’s work explores the material relationship between migrant entities and landscape. This work investigates both the allegorical and material relation of skin and clay. At the sight of a precious parchment made of roadkill wallaby skin, Zein had the urgency to lay the bentonite clay onto it. The clay cracks as it touches the parchment revealing the communal ghost of scarring and the traumatic experience of being de-rooted. Using a ficto-critical and poetic script, the video constructs a layered imagery to speak of the wounded relationship between the moving body and landscape.