Video installation "Ambiguity “Features two characters portrayed by the artist, with one wearing a dishdasha and the other attired in Western dress. Projected onto a large screen, the characters converse in front of an actual art installation comprising a table and chairs. Although the piece mirrors similar themes to those in “New Identity”, it goes further by resonating with issues signifying cultural paradoxes that force the individual to divide, conceal and “re-represent” various aspects of his identity based on his receiving audience and the space or domain in which he/she is present. On a metaphysical level, Meer perceives this paradox as a state of confusion between desire and action, based on possessing the tools of happiness whilst being uninterested, or unable, to employ them. He foresees these desires diminishing to an extent that exhausts the soul and the body while the tools of “desire/happiness” in life vanish.
BETWEEN WORLDS, 2008
When you realize the world around, you find it very tiny, and you - as a human - narrow it, because of your surroundings and believes. When you born in certain culture or religion, you only think inside that box and don’t think beyond it, like a book you only read what it written on it. Human has the choice to think and imagine within themselves, but don’t have a choice to question!
THE DREAM, 2001
A large difference distinguishes us, marks our actions in vigilance rather in the dream. Even with the fact that in vigilance, we are always able to do more various actions and behaviors. But this is being unilaterally done. It is the unilateral benefit of things and for its sake, we reconcile with reality. In the dream only, we enjoy maximum freedom to interact with life and its implications with child innocence. And there, we get to know more about ourselves, as in our dream, we disengage ourselves away from the shackles of time and place. To face the fantasy obsession which we move in to face the sheer unknown mad realities. As we realize that we were heading to and coming from the unknown. This what indulges us into a contrasting situation between beauty and terror. Fiction and reality. Present and past. Really we, in our dreams are the sons of the reality. The reality of scare, panic and death. The fact of unknown.
NEW IDENTITY, 2004
Video installation, 12 Lightboxes
Two video projection, 2 minutes
Because the march of the techno-economic revolution has greatly accelerated through the last two decades, we are today found to be trapped in turmoil of globalization imposed by superpowers and the ailed transcontinental companies. The latter have finally found their opportunity to dominate the rest of the people imposing their concepts and their style of living as the essential requirements for human survival in his era.
Who could blame his kids when they ask for a “happy meal” or for “chicken nuggets”? Who could prevent them from being impressed by Mickey Mouse and the Lion King? Who could deny the desire of his daughter to obtain a Barbie doll?
In, this way the unilaterally imposed globalization occupies the collective memory erases all human heritage accumulated over the history and denies the need for diversity as an enrichment of identity.
The methods applied to impose such globalization vary from frank aggression on one side (wars abusing terms like freedom, justice, and democracy), to hidden, disguised and occult aggression on the other side (media, public inclinations, etc).
We are not against globalization as a principle; actually, we are in need of it when based on mutual benefits, on legal diversity and on equality among people. What we are really against is any idea or movement that aims to erase identity, culture, and heritage. We refuse to be the victims of the new Yankees.