Tim Makower has been creating sketchbooks, not in a conscious way but rather as an extension of himself, throughout his time in Doha. As such these small books reflect his fleeting thoughts, ideas and moments in a very direct and personal way. Each one holds starting points to different moments that he himself has explored, but by exhibiting them in the gallery context, Makower also invites the viewer to share his journeys, as well as construct their own personal narratives or ‘100 Thoughts’ in Doha.
Atfal Ahdath, George Awde, Ali Cherri and Nermine Hammam. The photograph is part of everyday life around the world and is used as a medium to preserve fleeting moments of the mundane, the personal, and the intimate, as well as the monumental, the global and the public. This exhibition of contemporary photography and video installation from across the Middle East demonstrates this thematic diversity. Beyond this, however, it also explores the medium itself – the richness of possibilities, directions and journeys that are open to the artist who uses photography in its broadest sense as a starting point or confluence in his/her work.
Yousef Ahmed in conversation with Dr. Yassar Al Munji. Presented in association with Qatar Museums to coincide with his solo exhibition at the Qatar Museums Gallery, Katara, Yousef Ahmed will talk about his experience of creating and exhibiting artwork in Qatar since the 1970s. His sustained and direct involvement in Qatar’s artistic dialogue throughout his career, as well as his continuing contribution to the development of the art sector, will provide unique insight into the current dynamic developments within Qatar’s artistic and cultural landscape. Please note this conversation will be in Arabic with English translation available.
Dr. Guido Gryseels, Director, The Royal Museum of Central Africa, Brussels (Belgium). Established in 1898 as a colonial institution, the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Belgium is one of the most important reference institutions in the world. Currently closed for major renovation works, this process has prompted internal reflection, and has opened fresh conversation with African communities and the wider diaspora. This lecture will provide an overview of this reform process and highlight the issues it has presented including the role of postcolonial museums in a multicultural society; the challenges and possibilities of shared heritage; the challenges of defining national identity; and the development of partnerships with source communities.