The Ruhr region is a very important industrial area of Germany. It is aiming to become also a great complex of cities of science, technology and culture without neglecting their industrial patrimony. The region is also known as a gigantic area where a multicultural and interactive community is well established. In this context, some collages made out of images inspired from the Ruhr Museum was to be exhibited in the interior and exterior parts of the Marxloh Centre Mosque in Duisburg, chosen as the space in which the artistic reminiscences of the region would meet its present identity. But a problem arose: Originally according to the Muslim religion, the representation of living beings - plants were not considered so - was banned. Therefore, the project could not get a welcome from some milieus. So following the hint given by Ibn Abbas, a theologian from the 7th century, to an artist, the works to be exhibited were transformed. The theologian had advised the younger man so: “You have to decapitate your living beings and give them flower appearance .” Thus living being depictions are authorized to be exhibited on the mosque walls and partitions without problem.
The work is composed of two layers. In the first one there are 36 collages of 30 x 21 cm. They all are hand-cut on metal-colored cardboard. My inspiring sources are various works of art exhibited in the Ruhr Museum. The second layer too has 36 works, inspired from medieval Islamic plant patterns. They have the same dimensions as the first ones, and all are hand-cut on black art paper. Thanks to the correspondence of these two layers we obtain a new image composed out of Occidental and Oriental traditions.As for the application on the tangible level, I am planning to link the separate metallic plates according to the laser cutting method.