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Alia Toor

Hot Art: Textile Art, Summed Up

Alia Toor's installation 99 Names of Aman

MAY 18 TO NOVEMBER 20 Geometry conveys cultural and spiritual significance at the Textile Museum of Canada. Its Magic Squares exhibition deciphers the “patterned imagination of Muslim Africa” through historic artifacts that incorporate squares in a manner not unlike today’s Sudoku puzzles. Modern artists’ interpretations of these forms is perhaps even more intriguing: subjects like Arabic calligraphy and the visual power of repetition are examined in pieces such as Alia Toor’s 99 Names of Aman, demonstrating the durability of cultural symbols and their relevance to a broad swath of contemporary issues.