Marvellous Creatures at the MIA

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“The Three Fishes” (Kalila wa Dimna)

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Collaborating for a Grand Experience

These desk-sized illustrations were converted into massive wall art that encompassed the exhibition at the MIA (Museum of Islamic Art). The little scribble above was done during one of the meetings with the diverse and talented team that made the exhibition come to life. It was a privilege to be part of the Marvellous Creatures exhibition, which broke the museum’s visitor record with 84 000 visitors.

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“Sam, Zal, and the Simurgh” (Shahnameh)

“This exhibition focused on the real and mythical animals that appear in the legends, tales, and fables of the Islamic world. Divided into the natural quadrants of earth, air, fire, and water, these marvellous creatures introduce timeless stories such as the well-known and beloved classics: Shahnameh, Kalila wa Dimna and 1001 Nights.” Link to MIA

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Illustrated features included the back-lit “Gatekeepers.”
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The walls were covered in an illustrated and repeated texture.
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Substories on the walls were paired with spot illustrations.
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The “Gatekeepers” were developed into three-dimensional, stuffed creatures.