The seven pillars of wisdom

Marwan Rechmaoui

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom draws its title from the autobiographical account of British soldier T. E. Lawrence. Keeping this historical aspect of deconstruction/reconstruction, Rechmaoui creates an installation of domestic objects – various materials collected from crumbled ruins of a residential building – embedded in a concrete pillar; a basic structural element in urban architecture. Flowers, pillows, among other decorative items reflect the burden of time as it transforms society and the individual from the colonial to the post-colonial, and the modern to the post-modern.