In another work I referenced the Persian idiom “ meslet khar dar gel gir kardan” which literally means “like mule stuck in mud.” In this instance I refer to hybridity as a struggle that one cannot get out of to insinuate that the world is not a place for acceptance or argument.
I created an installation in a large room with the images of a male donkey on one side and an image of female horse on the other. The wall in between had a repeating pattern of mule images, which is the offspring of that mix. Horses and donkeys are different species with an unlike number of chromosomes. While a mule is an example of hybrid vigor, they are neither a horse nor a donkey, and they are sterile. In this I am criticizing the current place and situation of the helpless pluralism of contemporary art. To quote Buddha, “All composed elements are condemned to decline,” and the existing art scene is no exception.
— Safa Hosseini