* interview in Gulf Times Newspaper & Gulf news about the work and my participation in bye bye london exhibition @ Edge of Arabia art gallery, London
A very thoughtful art installation called ‘Caution’ reflected the vision of Saudi artist, Abdulaziz Al Harbi. He had placed philosophical works by great writers from the cultures of East and West within a space that was cordoned off by yellow and black sticker tape. He said that some people cautioned younger generations against exploring the ideas of thinkers outside of their culture — but that such exploration should not be discouraged or depicted as entering a danger zone.
“We of the young generation should read widely. We must discover truths ourselves,” he said. He added: “As a Muslim I note that the first word of the Qur’an is ‘Read’; so, I must read and when I know how to think, I can see life from a new perspective.”
Harbi, who resides in Jeddah, is a Business and Administration student at the King Abdulaziz University. Clearly, he has a great affinity for art which he sees as being a powerful tool in shaping society.
“Through art we can make a change in a peaceful way — not just in the Gulf but everywhere in the world,” he said. This is his first trip to the UK and he commented that the highlights for him were the visits to the Tate Modern and to the Yorkshire countryside which he found inspiring