Riyadh: The Misk Art Institute’s latest Art Residency showcase brings together vultures from different cultures to experience waves of emotion, from inner demons to journeys of self-discovery, through silkscreen prints.
An intensive month-long program held throughout August at the Massaha Art Hub, the residency saw six residents fully immersed in silk-screened contemporary art, supervised by an expert team of in-house printmakers. I was.
Through access to the laboratory’s screen-printing facilities and individual studio spaces, residents brought their own unique ideas to life, from curation to production.
“The residency was awesome. The printing method made the message more visible and easier to convey. I think we accomplished a lot during our one-month residency,” said Haitham, resident and cinematographer. Al-Sharif told Arab News.
His work further explored the conversations of self-awareness, coping mechanisms, and contemporary social pressures. The issues of vulnerability that his generation faces in everyday life influence his work, focusing on creating print expressions of expectations and criticisms of various kinds, such as the pressures of marriage and the wearing of labels. is guessing.
“In photography, I believe that printing is an essential way to showcase a photograph, but the use of different colors and different formats of printing allows us to be even more creative, making it more creative and engaging. You can get your message across in a meaningful and noticeable way,” he said.
In contrast, fellow resident Shatha Altumihi investigated the internal pressures that people create within themselves. An audience favorite, her work centers on characters that individuals can transform in the process of expressing themselves emotionally by dealing with their inner demons.
“I chose this theme because I feel that I am often misunderstood. I didn’t want people to feel that the sentiment was negative or that the monster was a bad thing,” she told Arab News.
Altumihi used this opportunity to delve into silkscreen printing and further strengthen his background in graphic design and illustration. She uses a variety of techniques such as bitmap photoshop her effects to bring texture and vibrancy to her artwork.
Resident Mohammad Fatal has brought an emotional display to Masaha’s Hall. His work is printed on draped, sheer fabrics and expresses his relationship with abandoned and old buildings.
Photos of demolished places and homes shed light on the emotions we endure when we intentionally or forcefully leave cherished memories behind. On a personal level, it is an ode to his home country, Syria.
“I haven’t been to Syria since the war, so when I saw these scenes of demolished buildings, I had a feeling how I would feel if I saw this in my country, even if it wasn’t real. It’s a place that means a lot to me,” Fatal told Arab News.
As a digital photographer, he tested contrasting responses to digital photography with physically printed works, playing with fabrics and textured papers.
“It gives you a different feeling. That’s what I wanted to transfer from my personality to something more artistic, not just photography.” I found that I get new artwork every time,” he said.
Micro-residences were organized to bring together artists from different disciplines to experience this delicate yet immersive technique, gain a deeper understanding of silkscreen printing, and introduce their work to the Saudi community.
The art residency follows three Masaha residencies, an intensive three-month program. At Masaha Residences, artists from all over the world come to Riyadh to develop their crafts and explore designated themes.
The showcase will run until September 8th at the Masaha Space in Misuku and will be open to the public daily from 4pm to 10pm.
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