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Distance and proximity

Maha Ahmed


MAHA AHMED, Demon of a thousand faces, 2020, gouache on paper, 61 × 97 cm. Courtesy the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London / Berlin/Nevlunghavn.

The Siege of Lanka (c. 1725), a series of miniature paintings by 18th-century artist Manaku, illustrates scenes from the epic Ramayana. In one folio, the hero Rama is seen surrounded by his loyal army of bears and monkeys as he interrogates the demon spies Shuka and Sarana, sent by his nemesis Ravana. While Rama’s animal troops are often considered insignificant in the poem, they are centered in…

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