Which one is your thread ?
There are a multitude of things flying and colliding in Noor Bahjat’s head that, if manifested as tangible bursts of pigment, patches of light or plaits and knits of intertwined color, her mind will resemble a riotous, vivid patchwork of endless quilt.
Quilts are made of patches of seamed and stitched cloth and without such stiches and seams, which bind and join, the patchwork falls helplessly apart. Now, under a more minute deduction we know that cloth is made of thread. Weft and warp, hand in hand, on and on, and over and over again until this weave, deceptively insubstantial and uninteresting at first, becomes whole cloth. Thus, in its basic beginning, it is essentially miles and miles of intertwined thread, much like how our bodies are made of countless cells that make up tissues, that make up muscles that make up organs that make up our humanity and mortality and therefore makeup our life, and ultimately, our death.

There are only two perpetual, all-encompassing truths in this world, according to the twenty-four year-old Syrian artist—love and death. “Which One Is Your Thread?” is Noor Bahjat’s first show here in the Philippines, and the exhibition is a culmination of her three-month long stay here in Manila. Projected upon her canvases are expressive daubs and strokes of paint that thrust and offer poignant musings and the most contemplative of gazes. Visually relayed by big, knowing expressive eyes they are ones that manage to appear glazed yet penetrating, and they hold and sustain you in some strange, hypnotic suspension.
Underneath all the paved structures that link nations and civilizations, there is a latticed, highly complicated, multilayered network of virtual highways and of intangible threads and strings that link everything and nothing at the same time. This paradox works because this age has laid out right before us an intricate, ever-growing system of mindless consumption and minute gratification, blanketing us in both isolation and connection. It has turned consumption into a sport, and without the necessity of careful digestion. In the history of man, never have we ever been more connected, but never have we ever felt more isolated.
Where will our follies take us ?
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
120×120 cm
Manila - 2016

Untitled
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
120×160 cm
Manila

Which way does your reflection swing ?!
123×152 cm
Mixed media on canvas
Dubai-2016

Where do your thought end??
Mixed media on canvas
160×120 cm
Manila

Where Does Life Take You?
90 x 90 cm “Each”
Acrylic on Canvas
Manila

Peace
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
120×145 cm
Dubai

Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Manila

Which one is your thread ?
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