Thursday, January 11, 2018

Did the new Bible museum copy this Muslim artist's award-winning work? It depends on who you ask

By Rafia Zakaria
Part of the Hebrew Bible exhibition at the Museum of the Bible. (Ashley Nguyen)
She found out via email. In late November, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha was sitting at her computer when a message popped up on her screen. It contained two images. One of them was of her award-winning installation “Intersections,” which won the coveted ArtPrize just three years earlier. The other was of a markedly similar but unattributed piece in the “Stories of the Bible” exhibit at the newly opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. “I felt gutted, just devastated,” Agha says of the moment. The two images revealed installations that were alarmingly similar, both large metal cubes that use a single light source to project patterned shadows on surrounding walls. [More]
Anila Agha’s “Intersections” on the bottom and photo of the exhibition from the Museum of the Bible on the top. (Courtesy of Anila Agha / Photo by Ashley Nguyen)