The Fire Station Artist in Residence hosts an exhibition, titled “See the Unseen”, by Qatari artist Faraj Daham, after the artist returned from his month-long residency at “What about Art?” Foundation in Mumbai, India; as part of Qatar-India 2019. The exhibition is open until November 29th, 2019.
Daham’s exhibition addresses the concept of historical concealment and exclusion through a qualitative approach between what is visible and what is real. During his residency, Daham relied on local tangible and intangible materials to create artworks. Such materials include Chinese fishing nets from Kochi, India, which he used alongside handmade manuscripts to hide the intangibility of history.
Daham’s month long residency came as part of the Qatar-India Year of Culture which aimed to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between the two countries through various programmes and initiatives. During his stay, Daham was provided with an individual studio space, professional networking opportunities and an intellectually stimulating environment for dialogue on visual arts practices for artists and curators.
Commenting on the news, Qatar Museums’ Head of Years of Culture, Aisha al-Attiya stated: “The collaborative nature of residencies allows artists to be introduced to new perspectives, styles and ideas. This helps them expand their horizons. We are really pleased to have collaborated with “What about Art?” to create an opportunity for exchange for one of our most talented artists.”
Daham’s contemporary work is inspired by the transformation of the world around him and responds to the rapid changes experienced in Qatari society. His work has been displayed at Katara, Mathaf, QM Gallery Al Riwaq, and Al Markhiya Gallery, among others.
Source: Press release
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