“If all your prayers were answered, would it change the world, or just yours?” - Unknown
In the near past, a global phenomenon occurred which has since been erased from our memories. Due to the arrival of a strange vessel from the future, a Spiritual Machine from outer space, each human being on the planet had one prayer answered every 24 hours. The Vessel was a spiritually conscious spaceship, energy station and a prayer gateway. Its divine algorithms and foresight technology determined the selection of prayers it chose to answer.
The vessel appeared in countless forms. We later learned that the vessel uniquely manifested itself depending on the personal biases of the individual witnessing it. In the phenomena's early days, the vessel, to some Islamophobic journalists, resembled a Mosque-like shape. So the media dubbed it SpaceMosque. The moniker stuck through the course of the phenomenon.
During its time here, the vessel answered billions of prayers. Our global reality was changed overnight. The impact of this arrival led to both great miracles and great tragedies. Greed and morality were at constant war, and prayer eventually became the de facto universal currency.
As abruptly as it appeared, The vessel vanished. Along with any memory of its existence, save for a few remnants of glitched stories and artifacts spread around the globe. We do not know the reason for The Vessel’s arrival or its departure, but our findings reveal that global riots due to the commoditization of prayers may have led to it. A popular theory among researchers of the phenomenon is that enough people on the planet prayed for it to leave and all to be forgotten. Or perhaps it was just a divine experiment.
This is the first time that some of these artifacts and discoveries are being shared with the world. Most of the findings in this exhibit have been retrieved from sources in Pakistan and Egypt. More data from Europe and the Americas is emerging every day. You are invited to decipher this forgotten era with us.
2018-2019. C-Prints on Matt Archival Paper
24” x 36”
Edition of 3
Some artifacts from the Vessel have been recovered from the time of the phenomenon. While we do not know the exact functionality of these artifacts, research indicates that they are types of Prayer Receptors, Intention Processing Units and Prayer Capsules.
Credits: Saks Afridi and Ferda Kolatan with Amir Ashtiani.
AliReza Kabiri, Zhenyu Wang and Lilli Zhang.
Hawai Chappals (Flying Sandals)
2019. Leather, Rubber, Steel.
Edition of 5
It is believed these sandals belonged to a 12-year old boy from Peshawar, Pakistan. According to local reporting, the boy prayed for the ability to fly in order to regularly visit his estranged father in the distant town of Kohat.
Collaboration with Markhor