Wk13 – Artist Conversation – Ihab A. Ali


Artist: Ihab A. Ali

Exhibition: Eye Witness
Media: Car, dry walls, black sheeting, ceramics, burlap,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: Artist have no website
Instagram: ihabali

About the Artist

Mr. Ali was an undergraduate student at CSULB. He have graduated from California State University, Long Beach with an undergraduate degree in Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Ceramics. He will walk on May 2016.

Mr. Ali was originally from Europe and he have been here in the United State for over 11 years. Growing up, Mr. Ali’s experience as a kid was different from the ones in the United State, He was born in Syria and is a half Syrian and a half Iraqi. The place where he was in, there are wars, there are dead bodies, there are people screaming for help. Due to the extraordinary experience he had, it inspired him to create the theme of this exhibition – Eye Witness.

Formal Analysis

This exhibition was extraordinary! Looks like a maze / walk through in a park!

I have no idea what it is until i enter, it was really dark therefore it is hard to take pictures and we will need to use our flash lights from our phones as we walk. There are couple of scenes that we saw while we walk and it actually shocking to us.

Here are the picturesimageimageimageI would say, the entire gallery is Mr. Ali’s art piece as a whole.

The colors of the art is mainly dark, either black, grey or white.

The scale of the art that is created by Mr. Ali, was HUGE! as it uses the entire Gallery.

Content Analysis

Mr. Ali is trying to recreate scenes that he have it in his memories, and the times where his parents have gone through from the past while they were still in Europe. He let his parents walk in his exhibition and his parents said: “Everything was so familiar.”

The main aim of this exhibition is to let his audience, to become an eye witness of the pain and struggles of the people from another side of the world. By entering the gallery, he wish to bring his audience to a whole new different world, a world where they have never thought exist.

My Experience

Mr. Ali’s art is special, this is the very first time I have ever seen something like this in my life. When i first enter the gallery, I have no idea what will happen or what is in there, due to it is dark, i am a little scare. But after walking through the “maze” and interview Mr. Ali. It gives me a whole new knowledge and perspectives. Mr. Ali told us that that is once he was acting as a hostage in an exhibition, the audience walked in and saw the scene, many were trying to save him but he could not escape. Why? Because in real life, there is no help, at all. This exhibition gives us an idea of how a country that interact frequently with war looks and sounds like.


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