"The Victory" Bahrain Pavilion in the 55th Venice Biennale 2013 .
The Victory is an 800cmx300cm Charcoal drawing and was commissioned by Shiakha Mai Al Khalifa for her private collection to be exhibited at Bahrain's first participation in the Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013.
It is inspired by Regnault, Henri with his 1868, Automedon With the Horses of Achilles and so the Victory becomes a reinterpretation of a heroic figure with horses. Mariam Haji, in this case, replaces Automendon as the female figure who leads forward barefoot on a donkey. She is embraced by a stampede of confused horses as she rides forward. The artist uses strong symbolism with intentionality to speak about the Female Condition.
In addition to Gender, this large drawing emerged within Mariam relative to Arab identity and associated with the cultural conflicts young artists are facing in the Arabian Gulf as they emerge to become a part of a larger international Contemporary Art movement comparative to European art history.
'The Victory' in it's drawing technique plots to visualise that European art history colonizes the minds of emerging Arab artists, as they aspire to find a voice within their cultural transformations.