The Fire Station: Artist in Residence today unveils Grey Times, an exhibition encompassing the works of artists who participated in the fifth edition of the annual Artist in Residence Programme (AIR5).
The exhibition marks the end of the Artist in Residence programme and is centred on the current context of the global outbreak of COVID-19, characterised by uncertainty and unprecedented challenges.
The initial plan for this year’s Artist in Residence Programme – curated by Dr Bahaa Abudaya and Saida Ali Al Khulaifi – was for artists to engage in the relationship between visual arts and literature. However, the pandemic meant artists were unable to embark on creative exploration at the Fire Station’s studios but had to carry out their respective conceptual journeys within the confines of their homes.
According to Dr Abudaya, people have been forced to make drastic changes to their lifestyle and livelihood because of the current situation.
Within this challenging context, we have invited artists to embark on a journey of self-exploration and examine the relationship they have with their immediate surroundings and the external world during a global pandemic.
The exhibition will include artworks created during the residency, when the artists take their passion to the next level by moving into one of the available studios, collaborating with fellow creators, and developing their own artistic technique.
The artists showcasing their works as part of the 2020-2021 Artist in Residence Programme include Aisha Al Muhannadi, Ameera Al Aji, Ebtesam Al Hothi, Hadeer Omar, Haytham Sharrouf, Jaser Alagha, Latifa Al Kuwari, Majdulin Nasrallah, Mariam Rafehi, Maryam Al Maadhadi, Mashael Al Hejazi, Maysaa Almumin, Muna Al Bader, Naila Al Thani, Noor Yousef, Suzana Jouma, Hind Al Saad and Ameena Al Yousef.
Through the Grey Times exhibition, the artists sought to answer the questions, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who are they?’ The works reflect the evolution and adaptability of the creative process in relation to limitations imposed by the pandemic i.e. the lack of studio space and social engagement, limited creative materials, execution, and installation.
AIR5 is an annual initiative which started in 2015, nurturing creative talent from across the country and worldwide. Grey Times runs from 20 January until 24 July at the Fire Station.
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