16 February 2009

VCUQatar Gallery Presents Faces and Letters

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar presents ‘Faces and Letters: Through the Eyes of Collectors in Doha’ at The Gallery. The exhibition will open with a reception on 18 February, 2009 at 7:30 PM. The event is open to the public.

The exhibition ‘Faces and Letters: Through the Eyes of Collectors in Doha’ focuses on works of art created by contemporary artists living or rooted in the Middle East. They have been chosen from the private collections of three collectors based in Doha, Qatar who have come together in a collaborative endeavor to promote Middle Eastern art. The collectors include Tariq Jaidah, Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani and Osama Abu Sitta.

All of these collectors have been actively involved in promoting contemporary art by Middle Eastern artists in and outside of Qatar showcasing their collections at similar exhibitions and playing an effective role in the arts scene in the region. The works that they have chosen from their collections for the ‘Faces and Letters’ exhibition are by artists from diverse nationalities resident in the Middle East or the diaspora (such as Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Egypt), age groups and renown and include Dia Azzawi, Adonis, Muhammad Omar Khalil, Tagreed Dargouth, Adel El-Siwi, Omran Younes, Mona Hatoum, Ala Ebtekar, Arwa Abouon, Yousef Nabil, Hamza Bounoua, Mutazz, and Sadegh Tirafkan.

“The title of the exhibition - Faces and Letters – not only refers to the two subjects that feature strongly in the choice of works, but also reflects the interest and aesthetic drive of the collectors, as well as of some of the artists. The human subject and the written word are after all, both, ways to create an artist’s personal dialogue with his viewers,” said VCUQatar Gallery Director Dr. Jochen Sokoly.

The exhibition will run from 18 February until 7 March at the Gallery in VCUQatar. The reception for the exhibition will be held on 18 February, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Gallery and the event is open to the public.

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