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Assembly

Assembly is a series of site-specific installations that perform Muslim prayer spaces, comprising of 1:1 scaled moving floor projections with 5.1-surround sound. Made and exhibited in Birmingham Central Mosque (2016); Brick Lane Mosque (2018 –19); Old Kent Road Mosque (2019–20); and Harrow Mosque (2020) the artworks capture worshippers from above, using a programmed device mounted on a motorised rig. Gliding back and forth on the rig, the device is in fact both “recorder” and “player”. The projected footage of the congregation maps precisely to the mosque floor. The congregation, returning as observers, watch ghostly illusions of themselves at prayer moving slowly across the hall. Made in collaboration with the different mosque congregations, Assembly does more than reproduce prayer: it also “performs” the social and religious structures of the site.

Assembly has been exhibited internationally as part of the Three British Mosques exhibition, V&A Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia 2021.

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