'100 Days of Blockade' Art Initiative Captures the Story of Blockade through Graffiti

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Qatar Museums has unveiled five emotive artworks on Tuesday at its Doha Fire Station gallery, as the first stage of its ‘100 Days of Blockade’ art initiative. The powerful artworks in the form of graffiti are displayed on the facade of the Fire Station building. 

 

Though all of them are personal reflections of five artists on the Gulf crisis, it nonetheless tells the full story of the blockade that has been unfolding since June 5. The medium of graffiti aptly captures the creative expressions given the theme. It greatly helps to connect to general audience, as graffiti has been a form of activism and self-expression historically. 

Works by two foreign artists are also included in the exhibition, Dimitrje Bugarski from Serbia and Assil Diab from Sudan. Mubarak Al Malik, Ali Al Kuwari and Thamer Al Dosari are the three Qatari artists involved. Each of them highlight one aspect of the blockade, giving it a creative dimension. Together, this series of outdoor installations capture the life in and of Qatar in the last three months. 

Mansoor bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, chief executive officer of Qatar Museums, noted the high technical skills evident in the works despite artists completing their works in a few days, according to a report in QNA. He also pointed out the diversity of artistic methods in the exhibition. Khalifa Al Obaidly, director of the Fire Station, added that artists are always inspired by their environment, especially a significant moment or event, such as the current crisis.     

The artworks are completed during the Eid holidays and special cranes are used to help artists as the works were made at a height of more than 10 meters.

Qatar Museums will partner with Public Works Authority (Ashghal) to take the project to the everyday lives of citizens and residents. The select bridges and tunnels will become the canvas for artists to express their creativity in response to the blockade. Fire Station is now accepting proposals from Qatari artists. Selected artists will soon be producing their works in different parts of the country.   

It is indeed a unique way to respond to an unfair blockade, turning the country itself as a canvas! In one way it’s just a continuation and another form of creativity Qatar showcased in political and economic levels to overcome the crisis.   

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