Safia Ramtoola


Stepping our foot in ruins, on rubble, surrounded by fragments of stone which was once a structural masterpiece, in short terms ‘the pleasure of architectural ruins’. I am captivated by ancient architecture, mainly Islamic architecture which can be a

very blurring term to use as Islamic architecture formed its branches through their influence of the Persian and Byzantine empire. The ‘unity of virtue’ representing the artistry of humans beyond the sphere or cultural and ethnical values. My work has had previous transitions from the rough and coarse use of plaster to the smooth and aligned porcelain adding a sense of purity and uniformity despite being in fragments. This represents the discipline and control in the intricate detail of Islamic art. My use of light and shadows highlights the element of mystery and spirituality, terms that are trampled upon by the idea of minimalism causing the disappearance of cultures and traditions. Obsessing with ruins can depict a sense of nostalgia, re-imagining how it once looked like, the vibrance of a lost city. While some people may find destroyed pieces of architecture disturbing or ugly, I dive myself into unfinished beauty representing the forgotten in all its glory.