The National Museum of Qatar announced the launch of four crowdsourced virtual exhibitions and invited its digital audience to contribute toward developing the content of each. The online exhibitions, which will eventually be posted on the NMoQ’s website, will feature themes that are explored in the NMoQ’s permanent installation, including Qatar’s Culinary Journey and Habitat & Shelters. The exhibitions provide a platform for sharing creative responses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Museum’s digital exhibitions will include:
Qatar’s Culinary Journey: Intangible heritage is an important theme explored across the National Museum of Qatar’s permanent galleries. This virtual exhibition will highlight traditional and personal interpretations of Qatari food. The Museum asks for submissions of 2-3 photographs of traditional Qatari cuisine – from Karak to Gahwa to Mathrooba, Harees and other dishes – as well as a short statement explaining how the photographer learned to make this dish.
Habitats & Shelters: Inspired by the National Museum’s “Qatar Natural Environment” and “Life in Al Barr (Desert)” permanent galleries, this virtual exhibition will explore how humans and Qatar’s wildlife take shelter in times of uncertainty to survive. The Museum invites its digital audiences to share photographs, sketches, or paintings of retreats they have created within their homes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NMoQ Creates Together: Throughout history, great art has emerged from hardship. The current health crisis has prompted remote learning and working practices, as well as increased time at home for creative exploration. The Museum will launch the NMoQ Virtual Art Exhibition featuring the community’s artistic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its related lifestyle shifts. Submissions can include drawings, painting, sculptures, photography and video. This exhibition targets ages six through 18 and will be celebrated during children’s month in November.
Mal Lawal Home Edition: Mal Lawal (“of the past,” in Arabic) is a Qatari biennial exhibition that was first presented at the QM Gallery ALRIWAQ in 2012. It provides a public platform to share personal collections. The next edition, Mal Lawal 3, is scheduled to take place at the NMoQ in December 2020. At the same time, a special home edition of Mal Lawal will take place digitally. Audiences are invited to participate by sending images and a brief description of their personal collection.
All interested in contributing toward one or all of these crowdsourced exhibitions can share 1-3 photographs, illustrations, and/or sketches, as well as a 100-word text responding to the specified exhibition (s) to [email protected].
For more information, please visit: nmoq.org.qa/exhibitions
Source: Press release
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