W Doha Hotel & Residences is hosting the inspiring ART29 2X22 exhibition featuring celebrated artists Mubarak Al Thani  and Simon Mortimer.  

The show, which opened recently, will run until 9 September. It features 44 works from the two artists, bringing their unique perspectives into a contrasting yet harmonised show that celebrates Qatar’s diversity.

According to W Doha General Manager Wassim Daageh, art enables us to explore all aspects of the nation and the exhibition touches on many facets which make up modern-day Qatar.

As we head towards Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, it is time for us all to celebrate Qatar in all its perspectives.

Celebrating local themes, diversity

Al Thani’s vibrant works explore a variety of local themes, including Qatar’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its landscape, culture, gentrification, green credentials as well as its port city, and digital ambitions.

The Qatari artist explained that his work celebrates the diversity, evolution and vibrancy of Qatar and its people. He said that diversity is depicted through different cultures, contrasting terrains and landscapes, different language texts and landmarks. Evolution is shown through infrastructure development, the rise of urban landscapes, the super slims and transportation modes while vibrancy is reflected through the activities, consumerism and rise of global urban culture.

Mortimer, whose mixed media work also features the use of gold leaf, believes that his work celebrates popular Qatari culture and the rich diversity of modern Qatar and its people. He shared that a crowned falcon appears throughout his artworks as a metaphor for Qatar’s cultural heritage. This is juxtaposed with contemporary icons of popular Qatari culture, ranging from the Toyota Land Cruiser to the Al Arabi Sports Club and the Qatari comedy celebrity, Dr Hamood.

He added that another motif that appears regularly is the digger bucket. Through the Qatar National Vision 2030, he said that this tool has transformed Qatar into a cosmopolitan and vibrant country that we all enjoy today.

The W Doha’s ART29 2X22 exhibition is open to the public from 10 am to 10 pm daily.

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