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And Then There Were None

Cuadro Gallery Art Days Dubai 2013 ”And Then There Were None”, Is an installation of tactile spheres each representing a leader from time. Injecting a twist of dark humor, we present the installation in parallel with the popular nursery rhyme, The Little Indians. Warning of the timeless phenomena of dictatorship while playfully questioning a day

Minis – Playhouse

2016 Playhouse is the first line of children’s furniture by Bokja. This miniaturized furniture series is inspired from the Classics Collection and is similarly upholstered in Bokja’s signature assemblage textile. In a Bokja assemblage, fabrics, patterns, and colors are gathered from around the world and pieced together to tell a unified story. Playhouse furniture pieces

Women Women Women

2013 Women, Women, Women is an artistic intervention represented by five sculptures of women. Each totem, made of stacked poufs upholstered with textiles gathered from around the world, represents female attributes:  independence, empathy, compassion, nurturance, and strength.

We Are Tyre(d)

Street Installation Rafik Hariri Airport Beirut Lebanon 2012 In a play on words from the English term to be tired, we upholstered stacks of motor tyres in textiles. Converting the tyres that are traditionally burnt in street riots into objects to voice the public’s ongoing fatigue and frustration. The use of textiles in this street

The Happy Tree

2014 The Bokja tree is based on an ancient tradition of hanging wishes on a tree. Our tree asks its viewers to take a moment and think “What makes you happy?”

Tapestries

2014 When we intervene on traditional aubusson pieces, reviving them by introducing whimsical characters and embellishing existing ones. The fusion of the iconic pastoral scenes and Bokja’s fearless use of color and texture, make for a unique sighting.

Shader

2015 Shader is a waterproof canvas fabric commonly used to dress transportation vehicles. Its main function is to protect goods such as fruits and vegetables from natural elements as they travel long distances. Bokja has found that the Shader also serves as a film that records and consequently portrays human activity. Like human skin, its

Migration Stories

Salone del Mobile Milan Italy 2013 Inspired by the new reality around us and referencing a world and its people forever on the move; we were compelled to address the phenomena of packing up your belongings and becoming displaced journeyers in search of a new beginning. Our collection depicts borders as bleached walls that are

Mashrabiya

2015 Bokja has reinterpreted the concept of a Mashrabiya as a reaction to shifting cultural attitudes due to globalization. In a world of online communication, physical walls and barriers begin to lack a sense of meaning and function. The soft textile surface contrasts the strict attitude of lattice wood, the material form used in original

Hanging On

Beirut Lebanon 2011 As a commemoration of the of the 50th anniversary for Phoenicia Hotel, we concocted a cartographical installation inspired by Beirut’s pre-war glory days. The map of Lebanon is hung as a punching bag, raw and vulnerable and evokes a sentimental attachment to Lebanon’s enduring cultural icons. The piece turns a critical eye