Ibrahim El-Salahi Untitled from Prison Notebook 1976

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Enter unto it engulfed in peace and security.

And do not despair of God’s mercy.

Ibrahim El-Salahi: This reminds me of the day I was taken to Cooper Prison and was faced with this gate—a huge gate. It was painted, but the color was fading away and chipped in certain spots. Above the gate there was a sign that said, “Enter unto it engulfed in peace and security. And do not despair of God’s mercy.” Whoever goes in there is already despairing of anything at all!

Publication excerpt from Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook, 1976. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.
Medium
Ink on paper from a notebook with thirty-eight ink on paper drawings
Dimensions
11 1/8 × 6 5/8" (28.3 × 16.8 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Catie and Donald Marron, Alice and Tom Tisch (in honor of Christophe Cherix), Marnie Pillsbury and Committee on Drawings and Prints Fund
Object number
319.2017.5
Copyright
© 2021 Ibrahim El-Salahi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London
Associated work
Prison Notebook
Department
Drawings and Prints
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