RUSTY MIRAGE by Mais al Azab and Kiluanji Kia Henda

Eastern desert of Jordan near Qasr Amra

RUSTY MIRAGE 03_©mais al azabClose-up photograph of the harmonious skyline space and geometry. Mais al Azab ©

Rust Mirage is an art installation, collaboration between Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda (proposing an artwork in the Jordanian desert addressing the Dubailisation of the horizon phenomena) and Jordanian architect designer Mais al Azab (designing an abstract harmonious city skyline as a base and a set for the installation).

Full installation was executed and dismantled in October 2013. The installation was done as part of Hiwar exhibition (organized by Darat al Funun and curated by Adriano Pedrosa to celebrate 25 years of support for the Arts). After Hiwar, Kiluanji Kia Henda’ conceptual photographs of the gradual ‘Dubailisation of the horizon’ participated in other exhibitions in Lisbon and New York city.

RUSTY MIRAGE 02_©mais al azabharmonious skyline frontal facade/view and its drawing. Mais al Azab ©

RUSTY MIRAGE 01_©mais al azabEarly study model and design sketch. Mais al Azab ©

About the Architect: Mais al Azab is an architect, designer and an artist at heart. Educated in JU and Harvard GSD, her work and ideas participated in exhibitions in Amman, Beirut, Shanghai and Cambridge, MA. Mais al Azab holds a certificate of design excellence from JU for her undergraduate thesis project, a distinction in design in her final graduate design project in Harvard GSD and a nomination for the James Templeton Kelley prize in 2011. The harmonious skyline of the ‘Mirage City’ is her first built design work in Jordan.

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