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The Gallery at VCUarts Qatar will host an exhibition titled ‘Comfort Zone I (Home)’, featuring works by Basma Alsharif, Khalid al Gharaballi and Setareh Shahbazi, artists from Kuwait and Iran, from January 16.
The exhibition will consider the notion of the comfort zone as a place or rather a state of mind, where things feel familiar and consoling. The comfort zone is also as a form of escapism -- an imaginary place to where people want to retreat from the reality of their everyday lives.
A panel discussion with the artists and curator will take place at the University’s Atrium on January 16 at 6pm, before the opening reception at the Gallery at 7pm. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr Bahaa Abudaya, curator of contemporary art at the Fire Station Artist in Residence in Doha. The exhibition will run until
February 23.
Both events will be free and open to the public.
The exhibition aims to highlight the ambivalent relationship people have with comfort, domesticity and privacy. It will shed light on the need for rootedness and belonging as a form of refuge.
Alsharif, Gharaballi and Shahbazi have various artistic backgrounds such as photography, painting and video.
“As a child, there wasn’t a single place I could call home,” Alsharif said in an interview with ‘Projector head’ magazine, adding, “In my experience, people build their identities around where they’ve come from or what they are connected, or disconnected to.”
Alsharif is an artist/filmmaker who was born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin, and raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She works between cinema and installation, centering on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments.
Gharaballi is a Kuwaiti artist who is based in Kuwait City. After first establishing an artistic collaboration with fellow Kuwaiti artist and musician Fatima al Qadiri based in New York City, he relocated to Kuwait City in 2012 to help co-found the artist collective GCC. His solo work centres on documenting the urban and domestic landscapes of his native Kuwait.
Setareh Shahbazi is an Iranian artist who is based in Berlin. Her solo shows were held at Tarahane Azad, Tehran; Gypsum Gallery, Cairo; 98weeks Project Space, Beirut; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; GalerieSfeir-Semler, Hamburg; Montgomery, Berlin and at Karlsruher Kunstverein.
The exhibition has been curated by Daniel Berndt, whose writing has appeared in Ibraaz, Springerin, Aperture and Frieze, amongst other publications.
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