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Posted On: 19 September 2018 04:11 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:01 pm

VCUarts Qatar to host solo exhibition by Moroccan artist

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Younesrahmoun Portrait 2015

The Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) will be hosting a solo exhibition by renowned Moroccan artist Younès Rahmoun from September 20 to October 20.

The opening reception will take place on September 19 at 6pm in the presence of the artist. The exhibition curator, Laura Barlow from Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha will also be present. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Described by the UK’s Guardian newspaper as “one of Morocco’s most important artists”, Rahmoun works across a diverse range of mediums, including installation, drawing, performance and video. His works have been presented at numerous exhibitions internationally including the Venice Biennial, and at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.

With his solo exhibition titled, “Little Worlds, Complex Structures”, Rahmoun will be presenting three works, each with their own unique voice, but which also owe much to his strong sense of belonging, spirituality, and engagement with the social and political urgencies of the world.

“Each one of my pieces originates in a form of meditation that takes place before its production, during it, and even after as a receptive experience for the viewer. For me, it is an object of meditation, and I hope that is also the case for the viewer,” says Rahmoun.

The Gallery at VCUarts Qatar has hosted exhibitions by internationally renowned artists such as Hassan Hajjaj, Zineb Sidera, and Fathi Hassan.

The opening reception for “Little Worlds, Complex Structures” will take place on September 19 at 6pm at the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar.

About Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUarts Qatar is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, a top-ranked art and design program in the U.S. VCUarts Qatar is celebrating a fruitful 20-year alliance between VCU and the Qatar Foundation that underscores the commitment of each institution to excellence, inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting.

VCUarts Qatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. A vibrant community with global reach, VCUarts promises to instill in students a lifelong passion for education and the arts. VCUarts Qatar offers valuable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and connects VCUarts to the influential art and design world of the Middle East and beyond. The campus attracts renowned contributors to contemporary visual culture for speaking and teaching engagements, and hosts two major international events: Tasmeem, a biennial art and design conference; and the Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Art Symposium.

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

‪Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

Cover image courtesy of VCUarts Qatar