The Fire Station in Doha hosted on January 8th the opening of Digital Transaction, an exhibition by Qatari architect, animator and designer Mohammed Faraj Al-Suwaidi. The exhibition is now open to the public until February 8th of this year from Saturday to Thursday, 9 am to 7 pm, and on Friday, 1:30 pm to 7 pm.
The exhibition introduces the artist’s exploration during his three-month residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Manhattan, New York. The ISCP is New York’s most rigorous international visual arts residency program and is a center for the world’s most talented and promising artists and curators. Last year, Qatar Museums (QM) announced the launch of the New York edition of its residency program, in collaboration with the ISCP. The initiative aims to provide Qatari artists with opportunities to forge life-long connections with international peers, engage in inspiring conversations, and nurture their artistic skills.
Times Square, a major commercial intersection and iconic district in New York, played a crucial starting point of inspiration for the artist; its screens and advertisements, which illuminate the streets and expose numerous amounts of content within a short time frame to consumers, was Al-Suwaidi’s most memorable takeaway that aided in developing the exhibition.
The exhibited works include a series of digital prints, composed of scenes captured around New York and altered using 3D software in a repetitive manner. These scenes are digitized and reformed into virtual spaces to alter the lens of the observer.
Mohammed Faraj Al-Suwaidi stated: “This exhibition highlights my enriching experience during the residency program. The works experiment with new mediums and concepts that address socially-driven contexts in today’s world.”
Mohammed Faraj Al-Suwaidi has a BA in Architecture from Plymouth University and an MA in Architecture from the University of Liverpool.
For more information about the Fire Station Residency program and open calls, please visit www.firestation.org.qa and @dohafirestation.
Source: Press release
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