RE CONNECT ING
Contemporary Art from Qatar.
RECONNECTING is a showcase of established and emerging Qatari artists and filmmakers reflecting on the ways they connect with their identity, culture and surroundings in an era in which their country is constantly changing.
Many of these artists have chosen to document the shift, progress, and concern for their countries’ rapid growth through various mediums spanning painting, installation, photography and moving image. While some artists have CONNECTED with the past using handmade Qatari leaf palm and old photographs as references, some are CONNECTING with the present through an exploration of the city and the way in which technology is impacting the current generation. Yet further artists have invented creative methods for preserving their history through reforming artefacts such as the classic playing card or by solely using recycled materials in the hope that future generations will begin RECONNECTING.
The exhibition presents a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages dialogue about the power of connection and the importance of reconnecting with the community. With this, Reconnecting Arts invites the audience to reflect on their own identity as well as discover similarities between them, the work and the artists.
Abdulaziz Yousef, Ahmed Al Jufairi, Ahmed Al Sai, Aisha Al Ansari, Ali Hassan, Aref Al Ammari, Amal Al Muftah, Essa Al Mulla, Fatima Al Naimi, Fatma Al Shebani, Hana Al Saadi, Hayfa Al Saada, Hessa Al Ali, Jameela Al Shraim, Khalid Al Fahad, Khalid Al Hammadi, Latifa Al Darwish, Noor Al Thani, Rashid Al Kuwari, Shaha Al Khulaifi, Yousef Ahmed, Aisha Al Mohannadi, Amal Al Muftah, Sarah Al Derham, Mohamed Al Ibrahim, Yousef Al Moadhadhi & Zainab Al Kouly.
What makes this exhibition unique is that the exhibition is not specifically about Qatar but FROM Qatar, about each artists experience, life & thoughts. We embrace that Qatari’s have different experiences & backgrounds. This exhibition celebrates this with the diverse work that is on display.
We are connecting back together what has been disconnected or in the process of disconnecting. Dialogue.
A Series of workshops, film screenings and events took place throughout the exhibition period for the community. View some of them here.
A bilingual (Arabic-English) publication was produced featuring all the artists, select interviews and an interview with the curators.
Purchase here: https://reconnectingarts.com/publication/
Heres what happened:
Special thanks to all the organisations who have worked with us.