Reem Nazir


Hajj Journey Through the Ages

A series of paintings by Reem Nazir based on archive photographs and first-hand accounts both ancient and modern.

The Grand Exhibition Hall, Jeddah Municipality,
22nd October - 14th November, 2013

This series of forty-three original oil paintings by Reem Nazir entitled 'Hajj Journey Through the Ages' explores the history of the Hajj, a pilgrimage to the Holy City of Makkah, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and including a visit to the Holy City of Madinah. This series depicts a bygone era, when the long and arduous travel to the Hijaz was mostly undertaken by camel caravan and traditional sailing dhows, before the advent of steamships, trains and air travel.

A fifty-six page catalogue featuring all paintings is available during the exhibition. A forthcoming publication, available in both Arabic and English languages, will reproduce all works from the exhibition alongside a more expansive set of photographs and text of direct quotations giving first hand accounts of the Hajj rituals, as well as the various customs, perils and adventures experienced on this journey to and from the holy cities.

To be informed about the forthcoming book, please register your interest: