Qatar Museums (QM) announced the installation of a new 10-piece sculptural work by Liam Gillick – Folded Extracted Personified – throughout MIA Park. The interactive artwork is the latest installation in the QM Public Art Program, which brings engaging, large-scale artworks in dialogue with people within the civic landscape of Doha.
Folded Extracted Personified comprises a series of ten irregularly shaped panel sculptures – each a flat surface folded into a zigzag – which bear images abstracted from works on display in the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Museum of Qatar.
These sources from the extensive museum collections range from C12th Iraqi illustrations to Turkish armor circa 1475-1525 to Iranian portraiture of the early C19th period and examples of pearl jewellery. There are two images on each two-metre-forty-high sculpture. Circular holes, cut into the surface enable people to peer through, after the fashion of ‘head-in-the-hole’ attractions at carnivals and fairs.
Distributed at carefully chosen sites throughout MIA Park, the sculptures invite the public to ‘interact’ with the installation and get the interaction captured in photographs. The multi-part installation also invites interplay with the deep collections of Qatar Museums by the thousands of MIA Park visitors, commissioned on the opening of the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar.
Built adjacent to the Museum of Islamic Art, MIA Park is a landscaped expanse where the public can stroll, participate in recreational activities, or view the Doha skyline from the best vantage point in the city.
Abdulrahman Al Ishaq, Head of Public Art at QM, said that through the display of various forms of art in public space, they aim to inspire local talent and establish an organic connection between art and the local community.
We hope these works speak to people who may envision themselves as cultural producers, creative practitioners, and museum professionals in years to come.’
According to artist Liam Gillick, public art adds a new conversation about context – both cultural and personal.
This work is intended to celebrate the spirit of a diverse cultural landscape and provide an opportunity for spectators from different backgrounds to playfully intersect. It is a tribute to the immense historical traditions of arts and craft in the region.’
Qatar Museums works with many local and international artists to acquire and commission public artworks that connect residents and visitors to Qatar in myriad ways. Qatar Museums has brought works to public spaces including the Hamad International Airport, Qatar National Convention Centre, Salwa Road tunnels, and Zekreet village.
For updates and more information about the QM Public Art Program, visit qm.org.qa.