“Everybody needs good neighbours” is an ongoing project and exhibition started in 2016 by multidisciplinary artist Aliyah Hussain. It consists of a series of brightly coloured abstract compositional studies that utilise college, drawing and print. Shown at Dina for the first time between April and July 2019 is a selection of prints made over the 3 years since the project started.

The work seeks to explore, understand and propose possibilities for different dynamics within the relationships that are formed when trying to negotiate the co sharing of space. By using a wide ranging bright colour palette, paper cut outs, off cuts and mark making, the works explore the relationships between shapes in relation to its neighbour through varying approaches to composition, pattern and arrangement. By imagining the shapes as representations of people there is the possibility for unconventional, chaotic, humorous and harmonious solutions to the problems that arise when trying to negotiate how to be a good neighbour.

 

Aliyah is a visual artist who works with collage, sculpture, drawing and sound and utilise different media to make work that references futuristic narratives, utopian ideals and alternative realities. Working with abstract forms as a way to try and make sense of complexities within human relationships and modes of communication.

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Copyright DINA, 2019