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Bypassing restrictions: Katara launches virtual exhibitions to showcase Qatari artists


Artists in Qatar have continued to exhibit their work despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions.

Katara’s latest virtual art exhibition, launched on the foundation’s website, is due to display dozens of portraits by Qatari artist, Eman Al-Sulaiti.

“Portrait” is Katara’s ninth virtual exhibition and this time enables enthusiasts to go on an artistic journey by simply clicking on a link from the comfort of their homes, without risking their health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The exhibition will be available on the website from September 6 until the end of November from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

The cultural hub is also hosting other virtual exhibitions that feature various Qatari artists.

“Culture Collision” showcases 14 different illustrations by Hassan Taleb Alsalat, whose work Al depicts the collision of cultures and sees the artist merge famous western figures or cartoon characters in Qatari cultural settings.

Among his most prominent pieces are Marilyn Monroe dressed in a ‘jalabiya’ (traditional dress worn by women in the Gulf) in Msheireb, Audrey Hepburn with a veil and popular children’s cartoon character Bugs Bunny in a thob.

The exhibition will be available until the end of December.

Another exhibition currently available on Katara’s website is “The Result” by Fatima Al Nuaimi, which displays 19 acrylic paintings that depict unanticipated and foreseen results.

The Qatar University graduate and a member of the Qatar Society of Fine Arts uses her work to find meaningfulness and uses the language of her art to speak to her audience through video, installations, and paintings.

Read also: Bored? Qatar Museum launches exciting new programmes, exhibitions

Qatari artist Ali Dasmal Al Kuwari’s work is also being displayed in the “Al Taybeen” exhibition, which features 17 realist paintings that depict traditional objects and the Qatari architecture.

Al Taybeen exhibition [Katara]
“Al Taybeen” will be available until the end of December.

With a variety of virtual exhibitions, artists have found a way to share their work with the public despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Which virtual exhibition are you going to attend?

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