Swirling with music, floral fragrance and video, Sama: The Divine Listening Room invites you to participate in sama. A Sufi ritual common in dargahs or shrines, sama creates a connection to the divine through deep listening and meditation.
Sama is part of a series of works by Arshia Fatima Haq. Exploring embodiment, mysticism, and Sufi knowledge through various artistic mediums, Haq's projects have gained global recognition, exhibited at prestigious venues worldwide. In this iteration she partners with sound artist Yara Mekawei. Influenced by architecture, social history, and philosophical literature, Mekawei's compositions convey concepts through sophisticated sound practices, translating musical conversations into visual forms.
Together, Arshia and Yara attempt to bridge cultural narratives and recreate the idea of homes and sacred spaces among population groups who live away from their home countries, either forcibly or by choice.