Location: Fire Station, Garage Gallery
Tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit.
Curated by: Dr. Bahaa Abudaya and Saida Al Khulaifi
The exhibition marking the end of the Artist in Residence Programme this year comes at a unique and exceptional moment due to the global outbreak of Covid-19 that had an unprecedented impact. The initial plan for the residency programme was to focus on the relationship between visual arts and literature. However, the unexpected happened, and artists were forced to abandon their studios at the Fire Station – their intimate, creative spaces – to quarantine in their homes like everyone else.
The overwhelming shift compelled artists, as well as curators, to revisit the exhibition concept as they adapted to the urgently unfolding situation. Subject matters were reassessed as well as the very nature of projects, due to limited accessibility to resources and supplies. The enforced confinement also prompted artists to delve inwards, leading to two major inquiries into the self and the other.
Realised in two sections, the exhibition showcases works created by 18 artists during this period of isolation as they explored concepts of identity and community, both of which are on uncertain ground in these ‘grey times’.
FIRE STATION, GARAGE GALLERY
The Fire Station Artist in Residence sits at the heart of Doha’s flourishing art community. It provides the perfect springboard for creativity, helping people take their passion to the next level.
Hadeer Omar, “Fragmented Realities”, 2020, Still from video projection with sound, 400 × 400 × 400 cm.
Majdulin Nasrallah, “Exile”, 2020, Steel, 120 × 370 cm.
Amena Al-Yousef, “What Remains”, 2020, Mixed media, 244 × 122 cm.
Naila Al-Thani, “Materialised Formations”, 2020, Mixed media, variable dimensions.
Ameera Al-Aji, “Statement 01 – On Remembering (House Number 10)”, 2020, Mixed media, 130 × 260 cm.
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