Narges Mohammadi


Give a flour, drawing with felt tip pen, 700 x 1000 mm.

In a longing for halvah, one of the oldest delicious Middle Eastern sweets made on a flour base, I found myself enclosed in a search for its ingredients. The iconic AH BASIC flour that my mother and grandmother use for his heavenly sweet is impossible to find these days. Sold out or with a maximum amount per customer.

For my graduation work, I am inspired by halvah – its grainy texture, its sand color and soft shining surface. And it consists only of flour, butter and sugar. Traditionally, women prepare halvah at funerals, as this is the ceremony it is mainly associated with. Halvah, with its warm, sweet and nutritious value, comforts. Eaten together, the weight of sorrowing sadness becomes bearable.

Physically unable to get the iconic flour, I draw. Not being able to share art normally in these pandemic times, I imagine a moment of exchange through an open call asking for flour. To embody the intimate relation between the audience and my work with halvah, in an act of exchange with the ones offering flour.

You can still support my graduation work by donating flour! Please send an e-mail to giveaflour@hotmail.com and win a customized artwork.

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