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21 Qatari and Arab artists showcase works at Katara expo

21 Qatari and Arab artists showcase works at Katara expo

Ailyn Agonia
DOHA
Dozens of artworks celebrating diverse themes, including traditions, humanity, pop culture and life events, were unveiled at an exhibition titled ‘21’, which opened in Building 19 at the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) on Wednesday.
The art event inaugurated by Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, general manager of Katara, and attended by a number of dignitaries features the works of 21 Qatari and Arab artists who are part of the thriving art scene in the country. The event was held in compliance with the health protocols and precautionary measures in view of the pandemic.
Commenting on the occasion, Sulaiti said the event serves as a preview of sorts of Katara’s activities for the new year and the 21 artists completed their work specially for the exhibition.
He also stressed Katara’s commitment to serving as a hub and a meeting place for artists, creators and intellectuals, providing them with a platform to exchange experiences and various artistic experiences that enrich the local and regional cultural and artistic scene.
Among the featured artists is Omar Al Shehabi whose works notably present roosters dressed like humans, mimicking human actions such as reading a newspaper. He said his artworks celebrate the symbolism of a rooster as the sense of pride and strength. At the same time, he added, his works demonstrate the tensions and conflicts across the world. Omar, who has staged a number of exhibitions in the past, lauded the gathering of local artists in one art event.
Noor Al Shammari described the event as an opportunity for her to work with friends in the industry. She said, “I am so happy to be part of this event because I met and worked with my friends.”
Thamer Al Dossari shared that all the participating works were produced by the artists in a workshop in Katara in which everyone worked diligently for a period of ten days, so the works were varied and distinctive.
Other attractions in the collection include the works of Mubarak Al Malik which pay tribute to the traditional metallic face-covering called ‘batula’ (or battoulah), and Ahood Al Dafa’s paintings featuring prominent cartoon and animated characters like Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny and the lovable star of widely popular American animated TV series Spongebob Squarepants.
Eman Al Sulaiti offers portraits of women, Ali al Mulla portrays a human figure in vibrant colours and Nour ElHadi presents festive portrayal of life scenes.
The other featured artists in the major art event are Hassan Manasrah, Sumam Ismael Azzam, Nadya Al Qawbari, Ameera Al Aji, Maryam Al Maadhadi, Hassan Al Salat, Yasser Al Mulla, Amira Radhi, Mubarak Al Malik, Ahmad Nooh, Hazim Al Hussain, Huda Basahal and Fatma Al Sharshani.

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