The Arab Museum of Modern Art presents four exhibitions, showcasing artists from across the region

The exhibitions, open to the public from September 16, are Sophia al-Maria: Invisible Labors daydream therapy; Taysir Batniji: No condition is permanent; One Tiger or Another, a research exhibition for a major new project, Rubaiyat Qatar, a quadrennial of art that will be presented in its inaugural edition across Qatar in 2024; and a group exhibition Majaz: Contemporary Art Qatar, featuring works by alumni of the fire station’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program.

In a press release, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa said: “For more than a decade, Mathaf has amplified the voices of artists who share cultural and historical ties to Qatar, and inspired our local community by providing an exhibition to artists offering Arab perspectives. Mathaf fulfills this mission through a diverse selection of exhibitions, whether it is Qatari-American artist Sophia Al-Maria with her first exhibition in the region, the work of Taysir Batniji centered on his time in Palestine or works by alumni of the fire station’s Artist-in-Residence program. whose creations may be their first to appear in a museum, these exhibits reinforce that there is not just one Arab voice, perspective or experience. Mathaf’s program is complemented by our first exploration of an exciting new initiative, Rubaiyat Qatar, which will transform Qatar into a national exhibition of contemporary Arab art every four years, beginning in 2024.”

Previews of the exhibitions inaugurated Thursday at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. PHOTOS: Thajudheen.

Mathaf Director Zeina Arida said, “We are delighted to present a program encompassing a diverse cross-section of outstanding contemporary Arab artists whose backgrounds cross borders and whose works utilize a variety of disciplines and subjects. Mathaf is the center of modern art in Qatar where visitors can interact and experience new art forms from contemporary artists.”
Sophia al-Maria: Invisible Labors Reverie Therapy, which runs through January 2023, brings together existing and new works for the Qatari-American artist’s first major museum exhibition in the Middle East. For this exhibition, al-Maria invites a group of artists, curators, scholars and communities for a dialogue around histories and futures and the Gulf’s relationship with surrounding regions. The exhibition consists of installations, video works, commissioned soundscapes, workshops, conversations, drawings, screenings and online encounters. The exhibition is curated by independent researcher and curator Amal Alhaag in collaboration with Mathaf’s assistant curator, Abdulrahman Mohammed Alkubaisi.
Taysir Batniji: No Condition is Permanent, through January 21, 2023, is presented against a global backdrop of social uncertainty and the fragility of historical narratives. The exhibition, conceived as a space for reflection dedicated to the artist Batniji, is an investigation into his art created between 1997 and 2022. During this period, the artist lived in France, but his life and his work meditate on the Palestine. The exhibition examines Batniji’s diverse practice using photography, drawing, video, installation and performance, and is co-curated by Abdellah Karroum and Lina Ramadan.
Majaz: Contemporary Art Qatar, through February 25, 2023, celebrates five years of the AIR program at Doha Fire Station and Qatar’s thriving art scene.
In January 2021, the fire station invited 14 former AIR students to participate in a six-month program to develop new works for this exhibition. An additional 25 AIR alumni are featured in the exhibition, where they present works in various disciplines including painting, sculpture and new media, while exploring different perspectives and reflections to unveil personal, cultural and cultural concepts. global.
The works will be exhibited in dialogue with each other highlighting various narrative elements. The exhibition is curated by Saida al-Khulaifi, acting manager of residency programs and Amal Zeyad Ali, exhibitions coordinator at the fire station.
A Tiger or Another, through January 21, 2023, features canon, a contemporary video installation, 18th-century paintings and contemporary comics. This exhibition, curated by Tom Eccles and Mark Rappolt, explores history as the product of both fact and fiction, through CGI animation by Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen (b. 1976) and artifacts tied to the legend of Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, one of the most famous and polarizing figures in South Asian history, across mediums and time.
Eccles observed that the exhibition demonstrates the depth of QM’s collection and creates a lens through which to view how the past is still present. Led by Artistic Directors Eccles and Mark Rappolt, Associate Curator Jumanah Abbas and Rubaiyat Director Sheikha Alanood Hamad al-Thani, this iconic exhibition is part of Rubaiyat Qatar’s original research.
A major new project under QM, Rubaiyat Qatar is a quadrennial national multidisciplinary exhibition. Ahead of its inaugural edition in 2024, a series of pop-up exhibitions and residencies will introduce local communities to themes and practices related to its inaugural exhibition in 2024.
Products inspired by the exhibitions are on sale at the MQ boutique at Mathaf and on the IN-Q website: Items purchased online are shipped worldwide via DHL.

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