In Nazar Yahya’s latest solo exhibition at Wade Wilson Art, “The Truth” the artist shares photographic prints conveying the story of the Islamic mystic poet, al-Hallaj (858 - 922). Yahya’s collage use of his photographs weave a story of a universal divine light transcending distance, time, and culture. The exhibit features meticulously staged photographs and sculpture stemming from the pages of the artist’s sketchbook.
The personal and particular are in conversation with the universal. Each figure overflows its own boundaries of meaning and truth, from the traditional cloak worn by mothers in Iraq, to the cloak worn by the master mystic. Disparate elements conjoin to produce “The Truth” paralleling the same concept of “Oneness” that ultimately had al-Hallaj executed for proclaiming “I am Truth,” but unified his soul again with the love of God.