(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
DOHA : Qatari artists in all their specialities were at the level of the event and said their words from the first day of the blockade on the State of Qatar and they are continuing to document these events a year after the blockade, where they express their views and reject the blockade, while at the same time emphasising the cohesion of Qatari society behind the leadership of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
This is evident and reflected in many art exhibitions, most notably the 5/6 Exhibition, Cartoons Documenting the Blockade, currently being held at Katara Art Center in Building 5, with the participation of 6 Qatari painters.
The three-week exhibition presents cartoons that were published in the Qatari newspapers over the course of a full year, during which six Qatari painters, Abdulaziz Sadeq, Saad Al Mohannadi, Salman Al Malik, Rashid Al Kuwari, Abdul Aziz Yousif and Mohammad Abdullatif, monitored the consequences of the unjust blockade on Qatar.
Qatari cartoonist Abdulaziz Sadeq expressed his delight at such an exhibition, which brings together Qatari cartoonists for the first time under one roof, pointing out that the content of the exhibition is unique because it highlighted an important aspect of the Qatari reaction to the siege, and the drawings have a sequence in the events and are a daily document of the past period and the positions and decisions expressed sarcastically during his work.
Sadeq added that the cartoonists cut down several articles in one drawing with several symbols and meanings documented by history, so it is very important to highlight these works and he is keen to spread these works through social media and newspapers.
For his part, Qatari painter Saad Al Mohannadi said that the exhibition embraces drawings which documented an important era of the history of Qatar and exposed the lies of the blockade countries, adding that the drawings presented highlight the steadfastness of the State of Qatar and the solidarity of its people with the wise leadership of H H the Amir against the campaign launched by the blockading countries in various fields. Al Mohannadi believes that cartoonists should have made significant contributions to this important issue.
Director of Katara Art Center (KAC) Tariq Al Jaidah, said that the exhibition monitors the most prominent cartoons that came in response to and interact with the successive events since the beginning of the unjust blockade on the State of Qatar and in response to slander and fabrication in the media of the blockade countries, pointing out that these drawings represent a state of reaction and condemnation of the Qatari street through the caricatures that dealt with events in a sarcastic manner, but purposefully, and with a lot of deep meanings, noting that the exhibition is not limited to the work of old and well known painters, but also included young painters.
Commenting on the design of the exhibition entrance, Al Jaidah noted that the newspapers published in the blockade countries, which dealt with false news, fabrications and misinformation about the crisis in the form of car wash, have been suspended to symbolize the attempt to brainwash and mislead the public opinion.
On the other hand, the Youth Hobbies Center affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Sports hosts 'Al Ezz and Al Khair exhibition at its headquarters in the 18th building in Katara, a youth initiative for more than 20 artists.
Photographer Rawda Al Rasheed and one of the organizing team of the exhibition said in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that they wanted to give a concrete expression of the Qatari artists about their vision of the blockade a year later, and they wanted the art decoration to tell the public that it was surrounded by wires in an artistic expression of the current situation, and each artist presents his style of expressing the crisis, and this is an artist who had presented a series of images of the country's symbols in recognition of his loyalty to the wise leadership of HH the Amir, and another presented pictures of large projects that were held during this year, and another presented artworks showing the map of Qatar and the cohesion of its people.
Among the participating artists is Abdul Hameed Al Siddiqi, who said that his participation in the exhibition comes in order to confirm the position of the Qatari people on supporting the leadership of H H the Amir.
He pointed out that he participated with seven paintings in which he used various materials, among them a picture in which he used a collection of articles published in the newspapers about the first hundred days of the blockade to form a picture of H H the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The exhibition also featured a variety of art works, including the works of the artist Hamad Al Mutawa, who presented 5 art works, and the artist Talib Al Jamila, who presented five works as well as pictures and artistic compositions that express the blockade state.