Ahmed Al Jufairi, a contemporary transdisciplinary artist, has successfully completed a residency programme at the renowned Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris – one of the world’s most prestigious art residencies.
Held under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Paris Residency is an extension of Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme in Doha and takes one talented Qatari creative to Paris for a three-month experience.
To mark the end of his residency, Ahmed opened an exhibition at the Fire Station with a public talk, during which he shared insights from his journey and experience in Paris. His exhibition, titled “Movable Feast”, expresses a contemporary take on Parisian landmarks as well as the multinational feel of the city and its art scene. In an emotional visualization of one of the world’s most iconic capitals, Ahmed sails between the romantic musings of the city and its often hidden darker sides including homelessness and poverty.
Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director of the Fire Station, said: “Ahmed has always used art as a commentary of pressing social issues. His creativity coupled with his intense belief in notions of hope, beauty and resilience, allow him to create works that resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and beliefs. We are incredibly proud of the growth that he has achieved during his time in Paris and are looking forward to watching how he uses these learnings in the future.”
A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Ahmed Al Jufairi majored in Painting and Printmaking with a minor in Art History. He fuses inspirations that range from Van Gogh, Picasso, Marc Chagall and Andy Warhol with contemporary pop culture and local references.
Following the success of its Paris Residency programme, QM has recently launched Studio 209 NY, allowing Qatari artists to apply for a three-month residency at the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Programme (ISCP) in New York, USA.
Through its international partnerships, QM is creating the conditions for the cultivation of new talent and creativity, inspiring the next generation of cultural producers. Qatari artists are welcome to apply for this residency through the Open Calls page on the Fire Station website www.firestation.org.qa.
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