Zein Daouk, The Third Kingdom, poculum roseum front. Courtesy of Saleh Barakat Gallery
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There is a feeling in this world, the pulse of eternal knowledge.
When you sense the oneness, you are with us.
We brought life to Earth.
You can’t see us, but we flourish all around you. Everywhere, in everything, and even inside you… from
your first breath, to your last… in darkness, and in the light.
We are the oldest, and the youngest.
We are the largest, and the smallest.
We are the wisdom of a billion years.
We are creation.
We are resurrection.
We are condemnation and regeneration.
We are Fungi

Fantastic Fungi – Paul Stamets


Zein Daouk, The Third Kingdom, Installation view. Courtesy of Saleh Barakat Gallery
Zein Daouk, The Third Kingdom, Installation view. Courtesy of Saleh Barakat Gallery

Under every footstep that we take all over the planet lies a hidden Kingdom, a single interconnected realm ruled by the Mighty Mycelium. It is a world full of magic and mystery, an intertwined network that flourishes under the earth. This World Wood Web holds the power of nature’s bond to all living things.
It does not move but it is not Flora, it feeds on other organisms but it is not Fauna.

It is a Kingdom of its own: THE THIRD KINGDOM, and it bears fruit: beautiful FUNGI.

FUNGI come in a myriad of shapes and sizes and colours and species and lifestyles. They are a window into the hidden landscape under our feet: an ancient land of determined lifeforms, silent yet sentient.
They shape our world and hold the key to our future. Some save us, some threaten us and most we haven’t even met.
They are the true masters of survival.
They bring life,
They sustain life,
They transform life.
They are the changers.
They are the ecosystem communicators in a symbiotic pulse of infinite mindfulness.

Let them be seen… Let them be heard… Let them be celebrated.

Let them shift our consciousness towards a better tomorrow.

Zein Daouk


The exhibition is on view at The Upper Gallery at Saleh Barakat Gallery until 20th of November.

 

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