A work of literary art, titled "Objectification," explores the essence of existence as brought to life by Nathrop Frey's concept of objectification in literature. The protagonist is an inanimate object - perhaps a lamppost, carpet, or coin - that speaks with a human voice, bearing witness to the struggles and hardships endured by the inhabitants of a city. Critics in Iraq lauded the poem, with several penning insightful studies on its themes. The "pillar of light" in the city is a symbol of the human condition, revealing the intersections of myth, reality, structuralism, Sinai, and other critical concepts. Through its evocative prose and deep empathy, this poem captures the essence of the human experience.
The New Sumerians Project
Sundus Abdul Hadi
Born in 1985 in Baghdad, and lives in Ontario, Canada.
Digital Composite Image & Photography
Around 7,000 years ago, an ancient civilization known as the Sumerians settled along the banks of the Euphrates river, modern day Iraq. Their story gives clues as to our origin. Time was established as we still perceive it, and their advanced understanding of the cosmos and astronomy suggests that our ancestors had a certain access to the celestial sphere that has since been lost in translation.
THE NEW SUMERIANS is an evolving project that honours the ancestry we carry as displaced peoples. In collaboration with photographer Ahmad Nasereldein, I have created portraits that I have manipulated with the sculpted facial and body parts of Ancient Sumerians, starting with the 5,000 year old mask of “The Lady of Uruk”. This iteration begins with my origin story: my family— the microcosm. This process of transformation pays homage to our celestial ancestors, despite the passage of time and the circumstances that have propelled us away from our homeland.
These ancient sculptures carry our burdens and have witnessed our pillage. The New Sumerians is part of a larger exploration rooted in storytelling and world-building; a supernatural dimension where ancestors live amongst the unborn, and intergenerational burdens transform into wisdom.