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Dhahran: The exhibition “Amakin” held on June 30th is on display at the King Abdulaziz World Cultural Center (Isla).

Originating from Jedda, this exhibition features the original and archived works of 28 artists of various generations, and according to curator Venetia Porter, tells the story behind a place of significance to the artist. I’m talking. Imagination. “Sure, the Arabic name for” place “is an invitation for artists to explore places that are emotionally important to them.

One of the notable creatives is Abdulrahman Al-Soliman, a pioneering artist and writer. His house was a room full of sofas, books piled up on large shelves, and paintings on the walls, and was a meeting place for artists for over a decade.

Born in Al Hassa in 1954, his contribution to the Saudi art world is immeasurable. Since 2005, his home has become a haven for artists to meet twice a month to discuss and collaborate on the art scene. He began teaching art in 1974 and has continued to work to improve art throughout the country and region ever since. The mixed media work he calls the “diary” is on display at “Amakin”.

Manal Al-Dowayan’s project “Just Paper” explores juxtaposition of brittleness and hardness. (Included)

Manal Aldwayan, an artist with 20 years of experience in the Saudi professional art scene, is looking for a “makan” or place as the COVID-19 pandemic rages past her locked door. I noticed that.

2020 robbed her of conviction, joy, and connections with others, the artist explained, and she longed for a sense of tranquility in a chaotic world.

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Originating in Jeddah, the exhibition features the original and archived works of 28 artists of various generations, and according to curator Venetia Porter, tells the story behind a place that makes sense to the artist. increase. Imagination. ‘

As the message of fate and darkness remained in the news headlines, she realized she was trying to understand what she labeled as a “dense political and psychological space.”

As the world began to reopen and she was able to venture, she sought to heal from what she called the “Year of Trauma” by evacuating to art. She chose her book from her father’s library and used it as an inspiration.

Photos of Bader Awwad Al Balawi at the “Amakin” Exhibition

The result was a work composed of 222 scattered porcelain scrolls, printed with pages of a book she borrowed from her father.

“I am an artist from Eastern Province. I was born in Dhahran. I have participated in this exhibition from the beginning. For the first time, I opened in my hometown of Dhahran and my home as an artist, Isla. I am very pleased and honored to have done this, “Al Dhahran told Arab News.

Her project, entitled “Just Paper,” explores juxtaposition of fragility and hardness.

“My artwork deals with the moment of getting out of the pandemic. I decided to create this artwork as a way of healing from the horrors and politicized spaces of the pandemic era. It’s just. Called “paper,” instead of using paper, it uses a very delicate and easily crushable porcelain, so it is regenerated in the medium, “she told Arab News.

Al-Dowayan used the pages of the book entitled “Arabic Law” by writer and lexicographer Abu Mansour Al-Tha’albi in creating “Amakin”.

A photo of Talib Almary in “Amakin”. (Included)

The Arabic text “groups vocabulary by semantic field and explains the key points of Arabic grammar.”

All pages of the text were silkscreened into porcelain and then placed in a hot kiln. After they got out of the fire, they were fastened with jute strings and stacked on a white table. You can only get a glimpse of the words, but the lines are shining in the light.

Another Shargiyya artist is Talib Al-Marri. Born and based in Al Khobar, he is a self-taught photographer who traveled to Al Khobar’s Yellow Lake at 4 am to photograph birds in his natural habitat.

The lake is highly diverse in its environment and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for attracting birds such as egrets, which Almary likes to take pictures of.

His images are black and white, and I feel that he is giving the subject the right power.

Another participating photographer, Hargiyya, captured the transformation of Al Khobar in another way. Bader Awwad Al-Balawi uses photography as a medium to “understand the place, its buildings, the people who live there, and the famous landmarks.”

In the case of “Amakin,” Al Khobar took snapshots of the locals in northern Al Khobar, recording expatriates whose hometown was the city. His photographs of buildings in the area also serve as a historical archive of the city’s former state and its resilience before, during and after the pandemic.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2122696/saudi-arabia History shows that “the United States and Saudi Arabia emerged from all the stronger challenges together”: KSA Special Envoy to Washington

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