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Cultural Village Foundation, Katara opened on Wednesday two exhibitions at Building 18, Hall 1 and 2 that deals with the environment and Qatari heritage. The exhibitions are entitled“Fifty by Seventy” by Plastic Arts Group - Qatar, and“Darawiz” by the artist Aisha Fakhroo.
The opening was graced by Minister of State and Qatar National Library President,
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H E Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Katara General Manager, Dr. Prof. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, along with a number of Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions.
Dr. Al Sulaiti said:“Art always comes up with new ideas that take the mind out of the ordinary and direct the soul towards another angle and a different feeling, and this is what we touch with every exhibition organised by Katara for Qatari and non-Qatari artists residing or artists outside Qatar.”
He added:“Katara is a cultural institution concerned with all kinds of culture, including arts and literature, and plastic art is a fundamental pillar in building community awareness and advancing its humanity and values. Attention to the issue of the environment and Qatari heritage is a priority of Katara, which we are working on in organising various events.”
The exhibition Fifty by Seventy includes 75 paintings by 27 artists who are members of the Plastic Arts Group - Qatar. The artists are from Qatar, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Belarus, Palestine, Egypt, India, and Lebanon. They are Abdul Rahman Al Mutawa, Hassan Al Mulla, Abdullah Al Mutawa, Hassan Bu Jassoum, Muhammad Al Ateeq, Suad Al Dosari, Naela Salem Al Bahr, Bakhita Al Sada, Saeeda Al Badr, Maryam Al Mulla, Maryam Al Fhaid, Rawda Ibrahim, Mona Al Anbari, Fatima Ali Al Tiri.
Also, D Shatha Al Numan, Adnan Siraj and Shahla Khaled, Dr. Rafik Termanini, Dr. Sami Karmali, Bashir Al Ansari, Ena Yevgeny Dzikosar, Kholoud Kassab, Saeed Al Habashi, Rina Bardinat, and Nada Ali Wahb.
The artist Abdullah Al Mutawa, the group's general supervisor and the exhibition supervisor said,“The idea for the exhibition came from the works that were drawn on group trips in different regions of Qatar. We documented these works in paintings measuring 50 by 70. Among these areas, the Farrakiya, which is the first trip of the group that we know through it on nature, mangroves, Sidra Al Shamal farm, and other places we used to draw on the spot. It was a unique and distinctive experience through which we were able to exchange ideas and experiences and seek to develop our artistic experiences.”
He also pointed out that the exhibition is the third exhibition of the group and the first in Katara.
The Fine Arts Group includes a group of Qatari and resident artists, and also includes members from the Gulf, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. The exchange of practical experiences and discussion aimed at constructive criticism and participation in activities that encourage continuous work and development.
Meanwhile, the Darawiz exhibition included 26 paintings from artist Aisha Fakhro.
She said the Qatari heritage is very rich in all its details. From the last century, it was distinguished by floral and geometric motifs.
Fakhro is also among the Qatari artists who recently showcased their talent at Al Thumama Stadium.
During the Katara exhibition, she presents the traditional doors.
She said:“I was inspired by the traditional doors in old neighbourhoods in Doha and I wanted to represent the Qatari home through rustic textures. I have lived and spent most of my life in Al Salata, so I wanted to document a part of my life. I used to always walk around and examine the old houses in the area. I feel honoured to have the opportunity to display my work in one of the stadiums for Qatar 2022.”
The Fifty by Seven exhibition will continue until June 6 at Building 18, Hall 1, while the Darawiz exhibition will be until June 11, at Building 18, Hall 2. The public can visit the exhibitions from 10am to 10pm.
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