Pillow Fort Playground

Afra Al Dhaheri

Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Afra Al Dhaheri's practice explores cultural reconfigurations in contemporary experience. In particular, her work is marked by a conscious enactment of loss as she captures a state of ephemeral memory.

Through this marble sculpture of tikkay, traditional Emirati floor pillows, Al Dhaheri revisits moments of impromptu play. The massive scale materialises the comparison in size felt by a child when building a pillow tower or fort. These childhood forts existed within our homes, within our rooms, as a space within a space within a space. The material weight of the marble monumentalises the experience of this recent history, allowing the delicate architecture of the tikkay to prompt questions of reinvention, play and creativity. The viewer's presence and interaction are essential in activating this work, which becomes a tool that connects society in a mass recollection of memory.


  • Title: Pillow Fort Playground
  • Creator: Afra Al Dhaheri
  • Physical Dimensions: 289 x 357 x 160 cm, 52 x 143 x 120 cm
  • Rights: © Afra Al Dhaheri 2021
  • Medium: Marble
  • Art Form: Sculpture

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