29x29cm mixed media series, 2019
The beautiful and bountiful Arabian Date Palm tree is symbolic, not only in Middle Eastern culture, but historically through many cultures, representing peace, victory, and eternal life as well as having associations with paradise. It was once sacred, in Mesopotamian religions, and signified immortality in ancient Egypt. Up to the present day, they say when a Muslim says ‘Subhan Allah al3atheem wa bi 7amidah’ a palm tree is planted in heaven.
Past stories are of the imagery of lush green palm groves extending far beyond the eye can see, a tropical paradise, was Bahrain. Due to several reasons, some controllable and some not, such as – profiting from land, urbanization, land reclamation and movement away from water sources, and destruction caused by the red palm weevil, Bahrain’s natural palm reserves have dwindled enormously in a short span of time.
The short series of mixed media works include photographs from a neglected palm tree grove that is now half gone and replaced with concrete buildings. It is an ode to revive our heritage, hoping we have the long-term vision to make Bahrain a green paradise once again.