Our weekend was spent again in Al Qasba. After a brief play at the dancing fountain, our son dozed off and we grab the chance to visit the Maraya Art Center. The security person enthusiastically led us in and requested us to sign the guest book. Then we were ushered to the third floor where we can watch series of contemporary videos filmed by Arab artists.
I found some of the videos too morbid but some were fun to watch, particularly the four rythmic musicians tapping the "kubos" or bread to create music. By this time, the security left us on our own to explore. We decided to go down the second level to see more arts we can soak up on.
We arrive on Barjeel Art Foundation, where we saw some amazing Arab art collections. Reading on, we learned that the Foundation was conceived by Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi (I think he is the same person I am following on Twitter and the same person I asked if Dubai will ever get the chance to host Olympics). Part of the intention is to make the art collection accessible to young people and other cultures.
I did not (or maybe I missed) saw a sign the photography was not allowed so I clicked to my hearts content for the purpose that I can share the art collection with you, my dear readers. Enjoy the following but I also hope that this will pique your interest and find time to visit Barjeel Art Foundation.
Title: Moon Walkers from the series "Women and the Veil"
Artist: Laila Shawa, a renowned Palestinian artist known for her use of bold colors and illustrative designs to tackle structural violence, political turmoil, the plight of children, and resistance.
Title: Olive Field
Artist: Suleiman Mansour, among the most recognized and distinguished Palestinian artist. He is also most famously known for his 1973 art work called Camels of Hardship.
Title: Red Circle
Artist: Layla Juma, an interdisciplinary Emirati artist.
Title: Snow White without the dwarves
Artist: Ghada Amer, a New York based Egyptian artist known for her intricate acrylic hand-embroidered artwork which employs threads and needles.
Title: Munich Glamour
Artist: Jeffar Khaldi, a Palestinian artist.
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