Through paintings, drawings, new media, and installations, artists and designers share their personal experiences and their connections with Qatar 

Artworks by faculty, staff and alumni from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), are currently on display as part of Majaz: Contemporary Art Qatar, now ongoing at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, until 25 February 2023. VCUarts Qatar is a partner university of Qatar Foundation

VCUarts Qatar artists Othman Khunji, Michael Perrone, Alaa Batta, Fatima Mohammed, Hadeer Omar, Jesse Payne, Majdulin Nasrallah, Maryam Al Homaid, Nourbanu Hijazi, and Ryan Browning have contributed paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, new media, and installations to the exhibition.

Two VCUarts Qatar alumnae who currently work at Qatar Museums – Al Jazi Khalid Al Thani and Fatima Al Zaini – are also part of the team organising the exhibition.

Majaz: Contemporary Art Qatar

Majaz marks five years of the Artist in Residence programme at the Fire Station in Doha. The exhibition features the works of numerous Artists in Residence who took part in the programme between 2015 and 2021.

Othman Khunji
Othman Khunji
Haderr Omar
Haderr Omar
Ryan Browning
Ryan Browning

 

According to the Mathaf website, the artists in the exhibition take the role of the narrator, recalling both shared and personal experiences to communicate ideas fundamental to the modern world.

They are also connected by the artists’ collective experience of living in Qatar and being part of its unique community. Each piece acts as a metaphor (majaz) for the artist’s journey and evolving artistic practice, capturing a moment or an idea that represents their experience in the past years. 

The exhibition officially opened on 15 September, attended by Qatar Museums Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and is part of Qatar Creates, showcasing works of renowned artists from across the region.

The works on display reflect the creative power and heritage of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region in celebration of the Qatar–MENASA Year of Culture 2022.

Majaz is curated by Saida Al Khulaifi, Acting Head of Residency Programmes at the Fire Station and by Amal Zeyad Ali.

Mathaf houses a unique world-class collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. It is situated in a renovated former school building within Education City.


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