Garden and Spring takes as its title that of the canonical Urdu text Bagh O Bahar, the tale of a king without an heir. On a solitary journey, he encounters a group of itinerant dervishes who share cautionary tales, following the epistolary conventions of the epic form—adventure and heroism, greed and fallibility, miracle and redemption.
The five winning artists presented in the 2014 edition of The Abraaj Group Art Prize were chosen on the basis of written proposals delineating hypothetical works of art. Their selection was determined, in part, by the persuasive powers of their textual descriptions to suggest visual forms.
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