Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha announced the newest edition of its Project Space titled ‘Bouthayna Al Muftah: Echoes’. On show until 10 September, the project is an exploration of emerging artist Bouthayna Al Muftah’s ongoing research about the recollection of memories, and a reflection on the rapid social and cultural changes that have taken place in Qatar over the past few decades.

Project Space artist
Bouthayna Al Muftah

Presented by Qatar Museums (QM), the exhibition evokes shared local memories and questions the current local cultural practices visibly influenced by technology and the growing sense of individualism within the community.

To highlight the topic, the artist contextualises the lyrical traditional game ‘tag ‘tag ‘tagya, played by boys and girls across the Arabian Gulf. Al Muftah deconstructed its forms and offered a symbolic experience in a space where the past and present intersect.

Curated by Mathaf curator Fatma Mostafawi, the Echoes exhibition employed various media to archive collective memories and personal encounters as well as ‘question’ the relationship between traditional collective stories and contemporary artistic expression.

According to Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, Qatar has seen an incredible transformation over the past years, creating a new generation of artists who are not only trying to make sense of the change, but are also looking to be part of it by redefining existing cultural narratives.

Mathaf is proud to collaborate with a talented artist like Bouthayna and offer her a creative platform to experiment with new ideas and push the boundaries of what is known and of what can be.’

Bouthayna Al Muftah is a Qatari visual artist. She received her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, Qatar in 2010. Upon her graduation, Al Muftah focused her artistic practice on printmaking, typography, and drawing which evolved into multiple mixed media installations.

Mathaf’s Project Space is dedicated to new tendencies in artistic production and emerging curatorial practices. It is one of several QM initiatives that push the boundaries of traditional museums and create ideal environments for knowledge production, dialogue and creativity.

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