In the near past, a global phenomenon occurred which has since been erased from our memories. Due to the arrival of a spaceship from the future, each human being on the planet had one prayer answered every 24 hours. This was the time of the SpaceMosque Phenomenon.
In Peshawar Pakistan, a young boy whose parents were separated, prayed desperately for a way to visit his father in Kohat. The next day, his prayer was answered and his sandals had grown wings. He called them his HAWA SANDALS, literally “wind/air sandals”. They flew him many miles every night to see his beloved father. When the spaceship left the skies, the sandals lost their ability to fly.
These Hawa Sandals have been exactingly recreated in the hopes that your wishes/prayers may also come true.
The design of the sandal is based on the traditional Peshawari Chappal, first handcrafted in Peshawar, Pakistan. Saks Afridi was also born in Peshawar. Markhor made the traditional footwear more relevant to modern life by replacing the traditional heavyweight tire sole with a lightweight rubber (EVA) sole. This new collaboration with Afridi takes the Markhor sandal further by reimagining it with wings.
“Markhor initially worked with Saks to create fantastically large winged sandals as an art sculpture. We loved the way they turned out so designing a wearable version was an exciting prospect.”- Noor Ain of Markhor.
“I grew up wearing the Peshawari Chappal and still do, it’s part of my identity. The idea of adding wings stemmed from a story in the SpaceMosque project. So I reached out to Markhor because they make amazing chappals. They loved the idea and the collaboration began.” - Saks Afridi
“If all your prayers were answered, would it change the world, or just yours?” - Unknown
In the near past, a global phenomenon occurred which has since been erased from our memories. Due to the arrival of a strange vessel from the future, a Spiritual Machine from outer space, each human being on the planet had one prayer answered every 24 hours. The Vessel was a spiritually conscious spaceship, energy station and a prayer gateway. Its divine algorithms and foresight technology determined the selection of prayers it chose to answer.
The vessel appeared in countless forms. We later learned that the vessel uniquely manifested itself depending on the personal biases of the individual witnessing it. In the phenomena’s early days, the vessel, to many, resembled a Mosque-like shape. So it was dubbed by the media as SpaceMosque.
During its time here, the vessel answered billions of prayers. Our global reality was changed overnight. The impact of this arrival led to both great miracles and great tragedies. Greed and morality were at constant war, and prayer eventually became the de facto universal currency.
As abruptly as it appeared, The Vessel vanished. Along with any memory of its existence, save for a few remnants of glitched stories and artifacts spread around the globe. We do not know the reason for The Vessel’s arrival or its departure, but our findings reveal that global riots due to the commodification of prayers may have led to it. A popular theory among researchers of the phenomenon is that enough people on the planet prayed for it to leave and all to be forgotten. Or perhaps it was just a divine experiment.
is a Pakistani-American multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. His work investigates the predicaments and perplexities of the life of an ‘Insider Outsider’. This is the practice of achieving a sense of belonging while being out of place, finding happiness in a state of temporary permanence, and re-contextualizing existing historical and cultural narratives with the contemporary.
His latest project ‘SpaceMosque’, exists in a new genre he terms as ‘Sci-fi Sufism’. Here he explores the idea of ‘Spiritual Machines’ that fuse mysticism and technology, bringing humanity closer to understanding itself.