I have the privilege to be a resident artist at Lam Art, a cutting edge contemporary gallery located in Riyadh.
Here are some recent works by myself and my colleagues currently on view.
To see the works in person or check out other available works by these artists stop by the gallery during these opening hours:
Monday to Sunday 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Lam Art Gallery, Home Offices, Al Oruba Street, Riyadh
My painting from the Saudi Flag Series
My painting from the Saudi Flag Series
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Alaan Artspace in Riyadh presents selections from Carwan Gallery in Beirut, who has commissioned designers from The Middle East to create a series of new limited-edition objects in partnership with local artists.
It was a pleasure to see this exhibition during my visit to Riyadh and I especially enjoyed seeing Emirati furniture designer, Khalid Shafar’s pieces in person. The real unexpected happy surprise though was definitely the “Yokohama” vintage sign by Karim Bekdache! The story behind it is that it is the original sign of what used to be a popular restaurant in Beirut in the fifties. You can even see the remains of a bird’s nest in one of the letters. I definitely had a big sense of nostalgia looking at this piece.
The exhibition is on view May to July 2013.
Wadia Boutaba, 34, was born in England to Moroccan parents originally from Nador, north of Morocco. Her “full of colour” paintings depict her roots and represent the diversity and uniqueness of the Moroccan culture. She uses art as a means to express her dual heritage and the challenges from this she has faced since early childhood, and draws on potent memories and experiences from her life for her work.
“Huda Lutfi works like an urban archeologist, constantly digging up found objects as loaded fragments of history. She then re-packages them using bricolage and collage as interceptive strategies. Thus recognizable objects, figures, icons are hijacked, re-contextualized and made to tell a different story.
Playing on public memory and a shared iconography, Lutfi somehow flattens cultural timelines by coming up with such figures as a mummified Oum Kalthoums. Her focus has been on the historical representation of the female form, and how it translates into the everyday. Working with the form of dolls in their various contexts, Lutfi explores the multiple roles of women within visual culture: as active producers of it and depicted symbols within it” - The Third Line
Aidan Salakhova is a Russian artist, gallerist and public person. In 1992 she founded the Aidan Gallery in Moscow. At the 2011 Venice Biennale Salakhova hit the headlines when her work was politically censored.
Ayad Alkadhi’s work focuses on cultural and political topics of Iraq and the Middle East. Born and raised in Baghdad, Alkadhi left Iraq for a better future after the first Gulf war. Alkadhi currently lives and works in New York City.
Born in Abha in 1979, Ahmed Mater is one of Saudi Arabia’s most celebrated young artists. His last solo exhibition was opened by the King of Saudi Arabia.
In her latest show, Mouna Sehnaoui reinterprets old illustrations of Lebanon by highlighting rapid changes. The old illustrations and her paintings where displayed side-by-side. Here are some of the paintings.
Memories of the Metn
Together For Peace
Too Many Dragons
Light from the Middle East: New Photography is a collaboration between the V&A and the British Museum. It is the first major exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East and features more than 90 works by artists from the region, spanning North Africa to Central Asia.
Air Mail is one of two items from Jowhara AlSaud’s Out of Line series (2008) in the exhibition. AlSaud’s photographs have a distinctive visual style and explore the language of censorship and the malleability of photography.
Artist and designer Hassan Hajjaj has spent his life living in both London and Morocco, where he relocated in 1992, and calls his style “souk with a twist”. Saida in Green (2000) is one of several works demonstrating his enthusiasm for merging Middle Eastern fashion with recognisable international brands. The exhibition hopes to help remedy the under-representation of Middle Eastern photography in UK collections. The collection has been put together thanks to substantial funding from the Art Fund.
Mehraneh Atashi’s photographic series aim to reveal lesser-known aspects of Iranian life, such as her Zourkhaneh Project (House of Strength, 2004). It captures the hidden world of the all-male Iranian gymnasium. For this work Atashi gained the confidence of gym members and, defying the tradition that women should be forbidden inside the zourkhaneh, used mirrors to insert her own image in a series of photographs, including Bodiless I seen here.
The exhibition will include several portraits from Newsha Tavakolian’s series Mothers of Martyrs (2006), which features elderly mothers with framed pictures of their sons killed in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). Tavakolian is a self-taught artist who started her career as a junior photographer for the Iranian women’s daily newspaper Zan-e Rooz at the age of 16. By 21 she had established herself as one of Tehran’s few female photojournalists and began working internationally, focusing particularly on women’s issues.
In 2006 Youssef Nabil photographed elders from the Yemeni community of South Shields. Nabil’s photographs and films evoke the glamour and melodrama of the 1940s golden age of Egyptian cinema. Referring to old movie posters still common in Egypt in the 1970s, Nabil makes highly staged, gelatin-silver portraits which he then hand-colours. A set of 12, The Yemeni Sailors of South Shields, is on display as part of the exhibition.
For her 2011 series Uphekka, Nermine Hammam transported the Egyptian soldiers that she photographed during protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to multicoloured fantasy settings – picture-postcard ‘perfect’ places far removed from the Arab Spring. Hammam studied film-making and founded Equinox Graphics, one of Egypt’s leading graphic design agencies, before focusing on her artwork. The Break combines elements of painting and photography. Hammam often digitally manipulates and re-works images to represent subjects in states of abandonment or altered consciousness.
The exhibition features six photographs from Shadi Ghadirian’s Qajar collection (1998), which recreates 19th century Iranian studio portraits, updating them with contemporary props. Ghadirian was among the first students to graduate in photography from the Azad University in Tehran. Her work addresses the concerns of Iranian women of her generation and explores ideas such as censorship, religion and modernity. Her photographs often reflect her own life experiences as a young woman, wife and working mother.
The exhibition runs until 7 April 2013 at the V&A.
All text and images via bbc news
“From the ‘Godfather of Graffiti’ to the man behind explosive solo shows that gripped the U.S. from coast to coast, from an Iranian artist and active graphic designer to a French artist with strong ties to the international music scene, and not to forget the striking welder of metal mesh with traditional paint and canvas, Opera Gallery Dubai presents six major street artists: Seen, Mr. Brainwash, Blek le Rat, Mohammad Khodashenas, Charles Munka and Paul Alexis.”
“The figures in my work reside in a precarious state of terrifying contingency. Things are happening; will happen; have happened; things that will lacerate when spoken about and are considered taboo or too harsh to deal with let alone witness; nonetheless an aura of sublimity is cast upon the figures, enriching them with an ornate divinity achieved by simple yet meticulously calculated brush strokes. This dichotomy or battle of the opposites encompasses the human condition as a whole and exposes our universal values together with our detestable errors.”