Mohamad Badr | Filled with light

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.” Rumi

In his Filled with Light series, Lebanese artist Mohamad Badr explores the connection of art to a higher spiritual level. His prints illustrate dervishes performing the Sama – a form of active meditation, originated seven centuries ago. The path they follow – Sufism – emerges from a mystical exploration of Islam and the Qur'an, focusing on love, tolerance and self development through discipline. With this annihilation of egos and resistance to human vices, Sufis aim to achieve a level of maturity enabling the reach of Allah, The True, The Real. 

Abandoning emotions, desires and distractions of this world, their focus lies on spiritual progress. Their heart, filled with love for aesthetics, opens  their minds to cosmic relations. Through its repetitive, circular movements, symbolizing our solar system, the Sama connects them with the divine.

In Badr’s series, it is this change of states, from lucidity to a higher form of spirituality that is depicted, using transparencies and superpositions. Uniting their heart, mind and body in this ancestral ritual, dervishes revolve, such as the particles forming our universe and conditioning our existence. Growing through love, they reach the essence of inner enlightenment.

Filled with light series, 2013 1/3

Mohamad Badr, originally from Lebanon, lives and creates in Dubai, where he has received numerous awards and nominations for his work. In January 2014, a piece of his Filled with light series went under the hammer at Ayyam Gallery’s eighteenth Young Collectors’auction. More of his works are still on show at Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue.

Photo credits
Image courtesy of Ayyam Gallery