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Sara Naim

The artist Sara Naim (Syria) shows what happens in your body when you experience an emotion. She used a microscope and a scanner to blow up the dead skin cells on her fingertips and deliberately shows the computer errors that emerged. Alienating abstractions are the result.

When Heartstrings Collapse

People used to think that heartstrings were the nerves and tendons that kept our hearts in the right place. Nowadays, ‘heartstrings’ indicate our deepest feelings and soul stirrings.

The installation When Heartstrings Collapse (2016) by artist Sara Naim (Syria, 1987) shows the physical effects of emotions. What happens in your body when you experience an emotion? Of course, we turn pale, blush or shiver, but what happens below the surface, what happens in our cells? Naim used a microscope and a scanner to blow up the dead skin cells on her fingertips, the body parts that make the most frequent contact with the world. With these techniques she stretches the boundaries of our cells and our body. She deliberately shows the computer errors that emerged when she was editing the images, which yield new abstractions.