In Intersections Anila Quayyum Agha has created a non-denominational spiritual space inspired by her trip to the Alhambra Islamic Palace in Spain. Agha emulated patterns of the Alhambra in this installation—drawing upon the location’s history as a site where Islamic and Western discourses came in contact with one another and co-existed.
The artist looks to the use of geometry in Islamic art as opposed to figurative forms seen in other artistic traditions. Agha uses the aesthetic openness of this patterning to show how it may be interpreted in a myriad of manners. In doing so, she engenders a conversation about the similarities and variances amongst cultures as well as the permeability of borders between them.