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    Sophia Al Maria, The Future was Desert, Part I, 2016. Single channel HD video 5 min, 17 sec. Collection Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art invites you to attend

Panel Discussion: Art and Cultural Narratives in Qatar (Online)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 8:00 pm until 9:00 pm (Doha time)


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The panel discussion focuses on tracing the development of Qatari art in conjunction with the exhibition Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960s-2020, currently on show at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. For more than half a century, Doha’s creative landscape has been vibrant and influenced by ideas from the Arab world, alongside a negotiation of the local and regional politics of identity. Prominent artists and cultural practitioners engaged with the local community, exploring new tendencies and ideas that have shaped Qatari art today.

What were the formative collaborations that defined the infrastructure for Qatar’s artist-run spaces, museums and research? How is Qatari art connected to other regional and international trends and movements? Most importantly, how can we rethink the existing narratives that limit past and current readings of its history? Exhibition Curator Lina Ramadan, with invited guests: Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri (Director of Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University); Salman al-Malik (Artist and Director of the Visual Arts Center, Ministry of Culture and Sports in Doha), and others will detail key moments and under-regarded group initiatives that established an infrastructure for art experimentation and discourses that continues into the present day.

This event will be in Arabic.

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