British artist Navine Khan-Dossos explores the complex relationship between the West and the Islamic world. During Turkish occupation, urban legend recalls how the palm tree once flourished in Athens but was later slowly eradicated following Greek independence and as a way for the city to be seen as more European.
The story captivated the artist and formed the basis of her latest work ‘Imagine a Palm Tree,’ a floor-to-ceiling painted mural on the top floor of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art. The space will also be used for a series of parallel events throughout the spring and summer in Athens.
The artist commenced a crowd funding campaign last year to raise funds for materials and to also finance the parallel events in association with her artwork.
Navine G Khan-Dossos (b. 1982) is a visual artist based in Athens. One of the preoccupations of her practice is the complex relationship between Islam and the West. Her interests include Orientalism in the digital realm and geometry as information and decoration. Khan-Dossos studied History of Art at Cambridge University, Arabic at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London, and holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.