The author uses this notebook to make a reflection on people’s behavioral habits. The artist criticizes the common tendency to approach other people as if they were merely a medium to satisfy one’s own needs. In his opinion, in fact, people tend to be part of a group as long as they can gain benefits from it, often at the expense of the others. The artist sees in these selfish behaviors a regression, whereas he compares community life with the practice of writing: a cultural process that needs time, patience and devotion. The author instead perceives the community as a place of exchange and growth, a place of light where everything gets more clear and simple. Insisting on this metaphor, the artist dedicates the final pages of the notebook to pictures which portray light sources such as street lamps at night.
(the concept’s text is by Raffaella Carillo)
As a young artist photographer in the Bahraini art scene, Ali Swar has tried to capture the essence of human nature through the process of studying the behavior and environment of the subject. This process developed gradually when he went to study abroad in India, which made him more exposed to other cultures, casts and creeds. Thus, it made him more aware of the human nature. His main obsession is BIRDS! The way that they resemble freedom and passion makes them a unique subject to study and be inspired by.
Ali exhibited in Alwan338 Festival in March 2012, Bahrain. He exhibited in few other group exhibitions as well as documenting art festivals and events through capturing special moments with his lens.