Temporary Mosque is part one of a tripartite project on the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The installation was conceived of a number of impressions or tiles much like craters that take the biomorphic form of salaat, or submission in prayer. As a response to the communal ritual of prayer that takes places globally on a daily basis, a schedule dictated by the lunar cycles, this installation becomes a temporary mosque.
The goal is an inversion through absence of the hidden instincts of ritual prayer, which are frozen into tenable forms; they are impressions like craters tiled along the earth. This project is a journey through particular mediums - sculpture, mapping, politics and installation. It also engages the difficult questions we face in our world in a very critical way. It is a political manifestation forced by a conflict between Western secular practices and Islam. Yet it does not readily reveal all of its secrets; it introduces the inconspicuous motivations of ritual prayer, while putting the issues into a political forum. 75 repeating monuments - residual impressions of Muslims in mid-Salaat, were laid out on the vast lawn at Queen's Park affronting the parliament buildings in Toronto.