Langlands & Bell (Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell) Mosque of Al-Hassan, Rabat, Morocco 1996

Artwork details

Title
Mosque of Al-Hassan, Rabat, Morocco
Date 1996
Medium Blind embossed print on paper
Dimensions Image: 760 x 720 mm
frame: 865 x 825 x 37 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Reference
P78028
Not on display

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'We shape our buildings, and thereafter they shape us,' say Langlands & Bell, a couple who work together, making art that explores the impact of architectural structures upon human behaviour. In their series Enclosure and Identity, the artists examine institutional and potentially oppressive buildings, such as prisons, churches and mosques.

Each sheet has been embossed with the ground plan of a famous mosque, giving the images a three-dimensional, almost sculptural quality. The artists focus on the geometry of the religious building, which they see as 'a structure where the spiritual dimensions of a community take physical form'. These prints were acquired on the occasion of their 1997 exhibition at London's Serpentine Gallery, which brought the artists to international attention.

August 2004