Yusuf Ali Hayat
From Caucasia With Love
oil and synthetic polymer paint, book pages on board
162 x 106cm
Courtesy the artist
'From Caucasia With Love couples an exploration of literature and critical theory with painting.
'The novel, from which the series takes its title, testifies to the infelicity of racial boundaries. Relying on an aesthetic of repetition and seriality, pages from the novel become the ground on which artists' paints labelled as 'flesh/skin tone' obfuscate text that (dis)appears in an undulating optic dance.
'The work questions how abstraction might function as a means for the requisite miscegenated thinking that deals with obdurate prejudices based on fears about immigration, a fracturing of cultural cohesion, and racialised segregation associated with contemporary societies.'