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Saudi perspectives

Filed on March 21, 2012

Athr Gallery, a contemporary art gallery based in Jeddah, is showcasing works from 12 of the country’s established and emerging artists during Art Dubai.

Styles on show will include mixed media, sculpture, installation, print, and canvas - with each offering insight into the paradox of life in the Middle East.

The artists participating are: Ibrahim Abumsmar, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Musaed Al Hulis, Maha Malluh, Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang, Raouf Rifai, Nasser Al Salem, Jowhara Al Saud, Rashed Al Shashai, Sami Al Turki, Saddek Wasil and Shadia Alem.

Multimedia artist Daydban will be presenting ‘Ihramat’, in which he questions the ultimate promise of a social ideal and uses authentic ‘ihramat’, the customary white cloth worn by pilgrims.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old photographer Al Turki will inspect how good causes are hijacked to become fashion trends in his ‘Charity’ series.

Or catch Wasil’s sculptures which deal with the age-old human condition of love in Romeo and Juliet, from the series ‘Celebrated Sweethearts’, which depicts lovers from the beginning of time, presenting the amorous legends of Nizami’s Shirin and Khosrow and Arabian poetry’s Antar and Abla.

“We are committed to showcasing artists who push the boundaries of artistic expression and represent the kaleidoscope of perspectives, viewpoints and realities that reflect the Middle East,” said Hamza Serafi, co-founder of Athr Gallery, which is in Dubai for the fourth consecutive year.





 
 
 
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