Under the patronage of Qatar Museums Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Fire Station Artist in Residence presents Infinite Dimensions. This exhibition, which is open to the public from the 16th of July until the 1st of September 2019, marks the end of a highly successful period of the Artist in Residence Programme – an annual initiative that nurtures creative talent from across the country and worldwide. The residency programme was established in September 2015. During the residency, 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. They work with curators, benefit from weekly mentoring sessions, and are introduced to professional artists from all over the world, as they represent Qatar in the international cultural community.
Curated by Dr. Bahaa Abudaya and Saida Al Khulaifi, this edition of the end of year exhibition explored the question of conceptualism in artistic practice. The artists were invited to explore and experiment with new ideas and media to gain a better understanding of the meaning behind conceptual artworks, focusing on ideas and their context rather than their aesthetics.
Presented in three main sections titled Tangible Spectrums, The Edge of Thoughts, and Visual Sphere, the exhibition will provide the visitors with the opportunity to discover and explore more about local contemporary and conceptual art through the display of a wide range of unusual artworks, methodologies, and mediums.
Abdulla Al-Kuwari (Qatar), Ala Bata (Jordan), Eman Makki (Egypt), Faisal Al-Hajri (Qatar), Federica Visani (Italy), Guillaume Rouseré (France), Hassan Manasrah (Jordan), Jesse Payne (United States), Lolwa Al Solaiti (Qatar), Maryam Al Ameri (Qatar), Michael Perrone (United States), Mohammed Al-Suwaidi (Qatar), Nayla Ahmed (Qatar), Nourbanu Hijazi (Saudi Arabia), Roda Al-Khori (Qatar), Sara Al-Fadaaq (Qatar), Sarah Al-Ansari (Qatar), Shaikha Al Hardan (Qatar), and Sidra Zubairi (Pakistan).
Eman Makki, “Printer Up Above the World So High”, 2019, Receipt printer and thermal paper, 4 x 5.5 x 7 cm (printer).
Hassan Manasrah, “Integration from the series Four Phases for a Bed”, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 130 cm.
Sarah Al-Ansari, “Fire and Gold”, 2019, Acrylic ink, oil and bead embroidery, 120 x 120 cm.
Sarah Al-Ansari, “Spring Emerald Memories”, 2019, Acrylic ink, oil and bead embroidery, 120 x 90 cm.
Hassan Manasrah, “The Blue Bed”, 2019, Iron, 350 x 190 x 100 cm.
Federica Visani & Nayla Ahmed, “Handelier”, 2019, Silicone, metal, zircon, mirrors, wood, PVC and glass, 280 x 280 x 280 cm.