A conflict, a combination, a distortion, all this informs the work of Alaa Abou Shaheen; these ideas are embodied in the coming together of a donkey a horse and form the basis of the artist’s exploration of internal strife. Abou Shaheen’s work focuses on the differences between the two beasts, the idea that though they are similar, they are also entirely different, the idea that their nature alone can result in different animals. Nobility versus a certain domesticity, Abou Shaheen’s work shows the differences that attitude can make.
The donkey simulates the horse, the horse within it, creating a rebellion against weakness and a frustration with its lot. An interesting collection of work, Abou Shaheen is someone to watch.