Raafat Ishak

Half a proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon

PhD candidate

  • Raafat Ishak

This exegesis exhibition, Half a proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon is the final presentation of the doctoral research paper of the same name.

The research and its doctoral exhibition investigated and discussed the 1915 painting Black Square by Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) and its relationship to Mecca’s black cube, the holy Kaaba in Saudi Arabia, implicating both venerable objects within a singular historical trajectory. The aim was to utilise both forms in a process of demarcation towards the creation and launch of a black cube shaped hot air balloon, the principle component of the research.

The paper investigated the historical and social backgrounds of both objects in an act of overt sabotage of meanings and associations and a notional imploration to liberate the square.