Hiba Al-Ansari is an emerging artist who lives and works in Munich and Berlin. Her practice, which consists of sculpture, installation, photography and mixed media, focuses on giving shape to the human experience of war. The Math Book was inspired by Noura Bazkadi’s sixth-grade math book found by Alansari in 2014 in the ruins of a home in KafrNabl, destroyed by a rocket from a Syrian Army Mig-21 fighter jet. Within the book, Alansari photographs illogical mathematical equations made up of cut forks, knives, spoons and other kitchenware. These ruined geometric equations mirror the accumulation of fragments of bombed buildings. The book represents both the death of an individual and a relic of war; with the artist’s intervention, it evokes the futility of conflict.
Alansari received her diploma in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 2017. Previously, she completed a painting and sculpture study at Adham Ismail and Walid Ezzat Institute of Fine Arts in Damascus (2005 - 2008), and studied oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Damascus (2007 - 2012). She has exhibited her work widely in the Middle East and Europe.