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Mural depicting Qatar's resilience amid siege highlight of exhibition

Mural depicting Qatar's resilience amid siege highlight of exhibition

Ailyn Agonia
ART enthusiasts had a great day on Sunday with the opening of three art exhibitions featuring diverse themes and concepts in different galleries of the Katara Cultural Village.
Ahmed al Sayed, deputy general manager of Katara, led the series of exhibition openings which was attended by some of the most prominent local artists, dignitaries and other guests.
"These kind of exhibitions contribute effectively to enriching the art culture in Qatar by supporting local artists or inviting international artists to present their latest art works here," Sayed remarked on each of the three exhibitions.
One of the talked-about exhibition openings featured the works of celebrated Qatari artist Maryam al Mulla. The art event titled 'The Chant of Stability' opened in Katara's Building 22. It is showcasing 30 different paintings of al Mulla highlighted by a mural depicting the unjust blockade against Qatar and how the country's leadership and people have withstood the impact and challenges of the situation. The exhibition also featured her works celebrating Qatari heritage and culture. Her works will be on display until August 12.
Another new Katara exhibition, which opened in Building 19, is 'The Colour Bar' which caters to the younger audience. It presents the works of six young Qatari artists inspired by their love of popular cartoon characters. The display includes works influenced by classic cartoon characters reminding many of the adults in the crowd of their own childhood as well as works inspired by anime which appeals more to younger generations.
The featured artists include Abdulaziz Yousef, Kholoud al Ali, Aisha al Khulaify, Mohammed al Shari, Fatima al Nisf and Hamad al Mataowa. The exhibition will be open to the public until August 28.
In Building 18, Turkish calligrapher and artist Zaki al Hashemi has presented 18 of his works which are mostly simple calligraphic works, but with a high cultural value. The exhibition is titled 'Sajaya'.
"My works are meaningful pictures that describe words without sound and build up sense where pencils illustrate basic human nature," said Hashemi. His works will be on display until August 19.
Many of those who joined the trip in three galleries of Katara expressed appreciation of the initiative of the organisers to present different trends in the local art scene.
"We had a great time visiting all three galleries showing the unique talents of local artists. The diversity of the themes of each exhibition caters to various interests and demographics," said one of the visitors at the event.
Another guest commented,"It is my first time to attend a series of art exhibition openings here in Katara and I look forward to seeing more of such events where art lovers like me would be able to feast on various masterpieces and get to know other residents who share our interests in arts."


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