Contemporary Art from Qatar
Private View: Thursday 10 November2016, 18:00 – 21:00
Exhibition dates: 11th November – 10th December 2016
Curator: Sara Foryame & Co-Curator: Khalid Al Hammadi
Artists: Ahmed Al Jufairi, Ahmed Al Sai, Aisha Al Ansari, Ali Hassan, Aref Al Ammari, Essa Al Mulla, Fatima Al Naimi, Fatma Al Shebani, Hana Al Saadi, Hayfa Al Saada, Hessa Al Ali, Jameela Al Shraim, Khalid Al Fahad, Khalid Al Hammadi, Noor Al Thani, Shaha Al Khulaifi, Yousef Ahmed, 3yooz News, Aisha Al Mohannadi, Amal Al Muftah, Sarah Al Derham, Mohamed Al Ibrahim, Yousef Al Moadhadhi &Zainab Al Kouly.
Reconnecting is a showcase of eighteen established and emerging Qatari artists and six filmmakers reflecting on the ways they connect with their identity, culture and surroundings in an era in which their country is constantly shifting.
Taking its name from Sheikha Al Mayassa’s Ted Talk in 2012, the exhibition discusses the idea of Globalising the Local and Localising the Global. She stated, “We are changing our culture from within, but at the same time we are reconnecting with our traditions”. Reconnecting creates a framework for the artists to explore their individual and collective vision of the local culture, and its interaction with the rest of the world.
Many of these artists have chosen to document the shift, progress, and concern for their countries’ rapid growth through various mediums spanning painting, installation, photography and moving image. While some artists have connected with the past using handmade Qatari leaf palm and old photographs as references, some are connecting with the present through exploration of the city and the way in which technology is impacting the current generation. Yet further artists have invented creative methods for preserving their history through reforming artefacts such as the classic playing card or by solely using recycled materials in the hope that future generations will also reconnect.
The exhibition showcases a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages dialogue about the power of connection and the importance of reconnecting with the community. With this, Reconnecting Arts, invites the audience to reflect on their own identity as well as discover similarities between them, the work and the artists.
We are connecting back together what has been disconnected or in the process of disconnecting. Dialogue.
Available on request:
- Interview between Curators on their experience curating the exhibition (English + Arabic).
- List of the artists and their Biographies (English + Arabic).
- Education Pack for Schools, Groups and Universities (English only).
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated, hard back publication, with information about the artists’ works, biographies and selected interviews and a curator’s interview.
Kindly Supported by Arts Council England and Qatar Museums.