Katara Art Center (KAC) presents ‘Contemporary Perspectives in Middle Eastern Crafts’ by Carwan Gallery

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As part of the design focus of the Concept Space at KAC, the work of a selection of international designers are featured whose work is based around the traditional craft techniques of the Middle East. The designers are Karen Chekerdjian(Lebanon), Khalid Shafar (UAE), Lindsey Adelman (USA), Marc Baroud (Lebanon), mischer’traxler (Austria), Nada Debs (Lebanon), Oeuffice (Canada), Paul Loebach (USA), Philippe Malouin (Canada) and Tamer Nakisci (Turkey).

With a concept that seeks to expand the vocabulary of traditional crafts, Carwan has commissioned designers from the Middle East and beyond to create a series of new, limited-edition objects in partnership with local artisans in the Middle East. Each designer’s project encapsulates the re-imagining of a distinct, time-honoured craft, where the specialised technique of each artisan has formed the basis for the creation of a new object by the designer.

In collaboration with Design Days Dubai, the opening night of the exhibition will present a conference around the works shown. Design Days Dubai Fair Director Cyril Zammit will present an exclusive preview of the second edition of Design Days taking place 18-21 March 2013. Following this, Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte of Carwan Gallery will present the concept behind the exhibition, its beginnings with Design Days, the designers and their work. Joining them will be founders of Architects Independent, Al Mumin and Thomas Modeen, designers and professors from Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar to provide a Doha-based perspective. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Date: 20 February – 2 April 2013

Time:  7 PM

Location: Katara Art Center

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