Paradise Has Many Gates / Ajlan Gharem

Paradise Has Many Gates / Ajlan Gharem

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  • Artists: Ajlan Gharem
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2015
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    Photographs :Ajlan Gharem
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Paradise Has Many Gates / Ajlan Gharem - Interior Photography
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Text description provided by the architects. Paradise Has Many Gates is Ajlan Gharem’s first installation work - a 10 x 6.5-meter mosque constructed from industrial steel. While true to the design and function of a traditional Islamic place of worship, Ajlan’s mosque is built from the same cage-like material that Western countries use to erect fences along their borders, preventing refugees and illegal immigrants from entering.

Paradise Has Many Gates / Ajlan Gharem - Exterior Photography
© Ajlan Gharem

Along with the installation, the work includes a video of the artist and other construction workers building the mosque in the desert outside Riyadh, staging a prayer performance, and then de-installing it.

Paradise Has Many Gates / Ajlan Gharem - Exterior Photography, Waterfront, Chair, Coast
© Ajlan Gharem
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Paradise Has Many Gates / Ajlan Gharem - Interior Photography
© Ajlan Gharem

Evoking feelings of imprisonment and anxiousness by way of its caged structure, while also representing Muslims' center of prayer, this mosque invites all visitors, Muslim and non- Muslim alike, to question how we designate and behave within sacred spaces, and how their meaning will differ between generations and cultures. 

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Address:Saudi Arabia

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Cite: "Paradise Has Many Gates / Ajlan Gharem" 29 Oct 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/971081/paradise-has-many-gates-ajlan-gharem> ISSN 0719-8884

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