Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE (11th December 2019 – 21st January 2020).
Museum Opening with HH Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah – INFINITUM is an immersive art installation presented at the Sharjah Art Museum on the occasion of the Islamic Arts Festival 2019/20, 22nd Edition. Arches are typical in Mosques’ design. They came to the Islamic world during the Umayyad Caliphate. Islamic Arches buildings are typically constructed of stone, wood being rarer in the original Middle Eastern homelands of the Umayyads. The rows of Columns and Arches give a visual impression of limitless space, as a metaphor of the progress for human civilization, maximizing spiritual symbolism and visual appeal – progressing towards an ideal civilization. INFINITUM, an art installation by Antonio Pio Saracino for SIAF 2019/20, refers to centuries of human civilization and the creation of prospective in social spaces and the openness to open possibilities of human life. INFINITUM is a place open to exploration and limitless optimism for the future. It prompts contemplation, essence, purpose, and venturing a passage towards visual realms of prospective and directionality that has suggested the creation of Islamic and human civilization. The Arch is a symbol for many cultures, often seen as a metaphor for the departure from the familiar, representing a universal prospect and a portal to an unknown but bright future.