The Fidelity of Images
29.7 x 42 cm
“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.” - René Magritte
A defining stylistic feature of Surrealism is the juxtaposition of imagery, the putting together of crazy things what we wouldn’t normally associate with one another. It was the Surrealists’ way of trying to get their readers to make new connections, and to see things in a different light.
The Fidelity of Images are a series of juxtapositions inspired by René Magritte’s paintings: High Society (1962), The Human Condition (1933) and The Seducer (1953). By using Magritte’s style and exchanging his elements with icons and landmarks from Kuwait, the symbolism is localized. His curtains, green apple, scenery and vessels are exchanged with the Kuwait water towers, a cocktail olive, the Municipality’s logo and a dhow ship... There is a sense of allegiance to a place. However the cocktail olive, for example, contrasts this loyalty. It is no longer a cocktail olive but a representation. The same goes for the water towers, municipality scene and dhow ship. Like the sky, they become objects that both conceal and mirror that which we do not see.