About The Work
Based on IbnArabi’sbook ‘The Bezels of Wisdom’ (Fusoosal- Hikam). Composed during the later period of Ibn‘Arabi’slife (12th century), the fassor “bezel” of a ring is a part with which it is
decorated and upon which the name of its owner is written. “Wisdom”, in this case, is knowledge of the Divine realities and attributes.
In each chapter of this book, IbnArabigives a jewel that helps to bring us closer to Universal or Perfect Man, in order to understand Al-ilhiyyah(“the Divinity” or “Allah”), the name of the
highest ontological level which embraces all of the levels of the divine Names and Qualities.
Basmah Felemban (b. Jeddah, 1993), is a self-taught graphic designer. Her first work Jeem, a transition from design to contemporary art made its debut at the British Museum in 2012 as a side show to Journey To The Heart of Islam: Hajj Exhibition. She earned an MA in Islamic and Traditional Art from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, UK in 2017. In 2014, she won the Arab Women Awards in the “Young Talent” category, and was consequently invited to be on the judging panel. Felemban setup the Saudi Street Art Project, an online platform that encourages the public to pay more attention to their city walls and try to understand the younger generation’s concerns through their expressions on the streets
Her group exhibitions include Insert Range Here, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, KSA (2015); Show of Faith, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar (2013); Parallel Lines, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, KSA; Rhizoma, Edge of Arabia, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; A Line In The Sand, Artspace, Dubai, UAE; The Beginning of Thinking is Geometric, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE ; Show of Faith, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar (2013); Designed, Riyadh, KSA (2012); Geek Fest Jeddah, Jeddah, KSA; Loud, Desert Design Gallery, Khobar, KSA; Saudi AAT, Rochan Gallery, Jeddah, KSA; Young Saudi Artists Exhibition, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, KSA (2012); Journey To The Heart of Islam/Create & Inspire: Young Artists and Hajj, London, UK (2012); It’s All About Fashion, A&A, Jeddah, KSA (2011); Modern Arabic Typography Exhibition, The Courtyard, Jeddah, KSA; Society, The Courtyard, Jeddah, KSA (2011).
Founded in 2009 by Hamza Serafi and Mohammed Hafiz, Athr is a Contemporary Art project space and gallery which enables artistic dialogue between contemporary artists across the world. Based in a 20,000 square feet/metric space in central Jeddah, Athr represents Middle Eastern and international artists. It provides a creative environment for artists and showcases international and Saudi contemporary art supported by extensive public programmes aimed at encouraging engagement with local audiences.