The summer of 2009 is offering an exciting show for art lovers with The Third Line in Waqif Art Center displaying 19 definitive works showcasing the variety of talents in different media of the seven represented artists.
Aptly titled ‘Summer 7’, the exhibition, which started yesterday, will run all through the summer months and features works by Abbas Akhavan, Ala Ebtekar, Fouad Elkoury, Laleh Khorramian, Rana Begum, Susan Hefuna and Youssef Nabil.
Using powdered charcoal, Akhavan’s finger-drawings called ‘Neighbourhood Fires’ depict emotionally intense scenes arising from an ordinary place.
Ala Ebtekar puts one drawing on top of another in his works titled ‘Absent Arrival’, exploring the possibility of the duality yet unity of culture, time and space.
Paris-born Lebanese artist Fouad Elkoury is showcasing a work of art with a cause, hoping to get through his message to a wider audience to help find answers to certain crises in Lebanon.
An exceptionally creative process is very evident in Laleh Khorramian’s works called ‘Fragmentary Interruption on a Grand Scale’, in which she assembles graphics, painting, drawing and collage to create intriguing landscapes of abstract nature.
Bangladeshi-born Rana Begum employs a lot of shapes, visual repetition, and bold colours to create a hypnotic and at times evocatively spiritual experience reminiscent of Islamic art and architecture.
The polarity of Susan Hefuna’s German-Egyptian heritage is reflected in her ‘New York Series’, which shows layers of paper embedded with figures that evoke the synchronicity of movements and feelings.
The studio photographs of Egyptian photographer Youssef Nabil vividly capture cinema’s golden age of glitz and glamour with seductively shot portraits such as ‘Natasha with Eyes Closed’, which vividly shows the delicate and powerful beauty of a woman in seemingly unguarded moments.
The works of art will grace The Third Line’s walls for art enthusiasts to see until September 10.
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