Location : Shuwaikh, Kuwait
Dates : 4th – 29th September 2011
Venue : Gallery Tilal
Name of the Exhibition : Photo Frenzy
Gallery Tilal sheds light on “PHOTOGRAPHY” as Art. If elements of Art are line, shape, form, space, value and color; Equally, the elements of PHOTOGRAPHY are light, shade, depth, composition, technique, exposure and subject.
Some Artist create Art using brushes, paint, chisel, clay, bronze, wood. Other Artist (Photographers) manipulate “Light” to produce Art.
Photo Frenzy sums four exhibitions that reflect four different types of Photography:
*Fine Art Photography: September 4-8 By Faisal Al Bisher & Jamal Al Ayoubi.
*Sports Photography: September 11-15
By Faisal Hamada, Ali Al Zaidi, Saad Al Farhan & AbdulAziz Al Asousi.
*Female Photographers: September 18-22 By Zainab Abdal, Heba Al-Jad’aan, Duha Al Mutawa.
*Underwater Photography: September 25-29 By Ammar Al Fouzan.
Self-Encounters: Face to Face with Kuwait Art Collectors 28th September, 2011 at 7pm
In homage to visages, the Contemporary Art Platform’s first art exhibition Self-Encounters arrays faces from Kuwait’s art collectors. Each portrait in this show is a representation of a Kuwait art collector and their perception of beauty and contemplation in the world.
The collectors and buyers, who include art dealers, Kuwait royal family, and celebrated businessmen are chosen by CAP for their zeal and dedication to art. The selected works reflect an exercise in self-confrontation-in choosing a portrait to represent their identity each collector comes face to face with the mask they have chosen to both hide and reveal themselves.
With this glance at Arab and contemporary artwork comes an opening look at the Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, a new art space that will focus on current Middle East/North African art. Fine art, new media art and installation art will all be a part of the line-up at CAP, where the mission is to provide a progressive arts education to the GCC public and to further represent Kuwait on the global art stage.
At 8pm on September 28, a panel of speakers will assemble in CAP to discuss the Middle Eastern art market. Art expert and curator Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Palestinian artist Steve Sabella, and Christie’s Dubai representative Isabella De Bruyere will bring to the Kuwaiti public an understanding of art economics in the region, and the discussion of the identity of Arab artists.
Facilitating the talk will be Omar Donia, founder of Contemporary Art Practices, a semi-academic journal about Middle Eastern art.
In Self-Encounters the eclectic show of 100+ photographs, paintings and sculptures - including work by artists such as Andy Warhol, Ghadah Alkandari and Marwan Kassab-Bachi - will highlight Kuwait’s aesthetic values and the market trends of the art world. The collectors showcasing their work will include both emerging and established collectors of Kuwaiti art. A separate gallery will showcase the works of the permanent collection that supports the Contemporary Art Platform.
Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait’s programming targets the interests of Kuwaiti youth, with forthcoming lectures such as Art.101: 600 years in 60 minutes, open studio hours and art film screenings. Collaborations with curators and artists in Kuwait and abroad will assure mutual exchanges of local and international artwork. CAP’s exhibition program includes a roster of educational events, including artist residencies, speaker panels, open studio hours and art classes.
A 700-square-meter space, the Contemporary Art Platform is located conveniently in the Industrial Shuwaikh area of Kuwait. Its facilities include a number of movable exhibition walls, an arts library, cinema, conference room, and design corner. CAP Kuwait’s growing art library of almost 1000 books will undoubtedly be a valuable resource to art and design students, and its ample conferencing facilities plus café will provide local creatives with a dependable, hub.
For the year of 2011-2012, projected exhibitions include:
Self-Encounters: Face to Face with Kuwait Art Collectors
Mashreq vs. Maghreb: Arab Vision Abstracted
(in collaboration with Claude Lemand) Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art incorporating Calligraphy, Graffiti & Text (in collaboration with JAMM)
Young Picasso: Hamad Al Humaidhan (in collaboration with Dar Funoon)
Additional exhibitions under development tackle issues of gender and propaganda in the Middle East. CAP Kuwait is a nonprofit venture, supported by an extensive private collection of modern and contemporary artwork.
Kuwait Contemporary Art Center, Life Center, Shuwaikh.
Facebook at CAP Kuwait
14th September to 25th September:
Furniture and ceramic exhibition with Silsal, the Artist will come from Jordan, the event will be organized with Silsal’s representative in Kuwait, Mrs. Taiba Al Humaidi.
OUT OF LINE (feature: Munir Atalla Jr. - Photography: Al-Mukhtar Zeyad)
With a reputation for stunning design that goes back almost 20 years, Silsal Ceramics has become an iconic representation of Amman’s arts, culture and style. The earthen tones, textured brown clay, flowing calligraphy and imagery of leaping ibexes and gazelles have become the instantly identifiable traits behind Silsal’s innovate and spellbinding array of ceramic dinnerware, décor and home accessories. Without fail, Silsal Ceramics brings understated taste, innovative design and practical elegance to any home.
27th September to 6th October:
Hurrem Sultan - Once upon a time in Istanbul
With a strong vision in bringing people closer to each other with cultural events, we, at the Fa Gallery, are organizing a new exhibition called “Hurrem Sultan”.
We will bring a complete selection of top designers and artists that portrait the spirits, traditions and creativity of Modern Turkey through its heritage and history. Excessive Fashion, Unique furniture, Refine Accessories and Precious Ceramics will be showcasing in our Art Gallery as an invitation to discover the richness and voluptuous tastes of Turkey and its legendary civilization.
The exhibition will pay tribute to Hurrem Sultan, the renowned Queen of the Ottoman Empire who has embodies for several century the image of Women and Power. The Event will start from September 27th 2011 until the 6th of October 2011.
We have selected the best designers from Turkey as Armaggan, Gizia, Seven Aksu Jewelry, Sedef Calarkan, Burce Bekrek, Mehtao Salihoglu, Niyazi Erdogan and many others….
The exhibition is being organized with Mrs. Julide Gungor, one the best Turkish Photographer and artist who is our contact in Turkey and she will be among us for the opening as well as some designers.
The exhibition will be done under the patronage of the Turkish ambassador.
FA Gallery, Sharq, Block 2, Gulf Road, Villa 76, telephone +965 2249 8999
First published in Men's Passion issue #33 September 2011