faissal

COLLECTOR PROFILE: Doha, Qatar. “Doha’s skyline is an untamable urban garden of steel and glass skyscrapers, each more futuristic than the next. Yet, just 30 minutes’ drive into the desert quarter of Al Samriya lies a striking fortress, complete with windswept turrets. The thick limestone walls of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum keep visitors cool in summer and insulated in winter, while ornately carved wooden shutters are fastened to shield from the intense sun and to fend off would-be invaders. Columns and archways feature ablaq, an Islamic design technique dating back to the ancient Umayyad dynasty showcasing stripes and checkers of dark and light stone.”

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seamless-loop

CATALOGUE TEXT: Dubai, UAE. “Dubai has grown in audacious bursts and daily life surges ahead at a breakneck pace, nearly as quickly as new skyscrapers dot the dusty horizon. With Seamless Loop, Sheikha Wafa Bint Hasher Al Maktoum isolates eight iconic images from the Emirate in distinct screen prints and textile-based embroidery works, presenting staid symbols in highly conceptual form, all circumscribed within the traditional mandala structure.”

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a-certain-shade-of-blue

ARTIST PROFILE: Dubai, UAE. “Drinking from a glass of juice made from mangos heavy on the trees of his own garden, Abdul Qader Al Rais perches on a red leather chair in his home studio, where completed paintings lean against every possible surface, spilling out into the French Rococo-inspired foyer. Behind him is a half-finished watercolor diptych—storm clouds charge across the top half of the canvas in temperamental greys and purples, while the lower portion remains as immaculately blank as the artist’s kandora.”

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and-i-will-i-forget

GALLERY TEXT: DUBAI, UAE. “Where does a memory go after it has left the lips of the living? Does it disappear into the atmosphere like a thin rain? Is it assigned a serial number then stored by a divine keeper of time in a secret safe deposit box, to be retrieved in the future by someone yet to be born? Manal Al Dowayan creates conceptual art out of Mnemophobia: the fear of forgetting and of ultimately being forgotten. At the root of her practice lies a ritual of untangling and classifying memories in order to protect the past.”

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