Title: Mathaf Talk with Jameela Al Shraim

Date: 15 May 2019

Time: 9:00PM

Location: Project Space, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City, Doha

The history of culture that emerged in Doha during the 1970’s and 1980’s has shaped Qatar’s art practices today. Artists have been the agents that have written narratives of the untold histories of art and society. Today, the institutional role of archive in the museum context in Doha is emerging, positioning itself as a pivotal source of documentation, research, and storytelling.

Artist Jameela Al Shraim, in conversation with Curator Lina Ramadan, will trace the history of exhibitions, art education and criticism, production spaces and the development of modern art, looking at the artist’s archives and personal stories.  

The talk will be held at Mathaf’s Project Space in Arabic, in conjunction with Project Space 13: Doha Art Map (13 March – 13 July 2019).

About the artist: art critic and visual artist Jameela Al Shraim was born in Rumaillah, Qatar in 1965. Her practice spans mediums such as painting, graphic art and sculpture. Al Shraim was one of the first female artists to join Doha’s Al Marsam Al Hurr (the Liberal Art Studio) in 1983. She received her BA in Fine Arts and Education from the Education Department, Qatar University in 1988. Since then, Al Shraim has worked in different fields relating to art education, art criticism and journalism such as in Al Sharq newspaper. She plays an important role in documenting the participation of Qatari female artists in the development of the local modern art scene.

The façade of Al-Marsam Al Hurr (the Liberal Art Studio), ca. 1982 


Project Space 13: Doha Art Map

Installation view of Project Space: Doha Art Map, 2014, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Project Space 13 builds on the existing and ongoing Doha Art Map, a project initiated by Mathaf in 2014 to explore spaces of art and creativity in the city of Doha. In 2019 the third iteration of the project continues this route of inquiry while actively engaging with public and private spaces of collecting, to debate the responsibility of collections, their preservation and presentation. As an experimental research platform, the Doha Art Map invites the Museum’s diverse audience and creative community to collectively survey the contemporary art scene in Doha, asking questions around the places of art production, collecting and display, to identify where original ways of working are taking place, and addressing how various public and private practices contribute to the shaping of the art ecosystem in Doha today.

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Mathaf Curatorial Forum 2019
Curating in context: On ecologies and economies of production

7 & 8 July 2019

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Education City, Qatar Foundation


Applications are now open to participate in the fourth Mathaf Curatorial Forum taking place on 7 & 8 July 2019. This annual program led by Mathaf Curators and invited speakers, opens debates on curatorial thinking and practices, introducing ideas and methodologies around the discourse of art and the histories and networks of curatorial practice. 


Curators, creative professionals, students, and scholars interested in developing critical discourse on curatorial practice are invited to apply to participate in an intensive two-day program of lectures, discussions, and workshops. This year’s program is led by Anne Szefer Karlsen, Professor in the MA Curatorial Practice program at Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Artist, Raqs Media Collective, India and local speakers in the field of sciences, under the title “Curating in context: on ecologies and economies of production”. The program collectively engages with questions around society’s relationship with resources in their context, and their intersection with creative production and curatorial practice. Speakers will present case studies of their work that are shaping new perspectives on the connection and role of art and curating in the expanding discourse around the climate crisis and its pending impact on the future of humanity.

The program is scheduled from 9 am – 2.30 pm on Sunday 7 July and Monday 8 July, 2019 at the Library, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. The Forum concludes at 6 pm on Monday 8 July with a public panel discussion takes place at Mathaf with invited speakers Anne Szefer Karlsen, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and Mathaf Director Abdellah Karroum, moderated by Mathaf Curator Laura Barlow. Selected participants must commit to attending at all sessions during the two-day program.


Please send a one page letter of interest noting curatorial experience and specialized interest in the Forum theme, and CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application deadline: 24 June 2019.


DFI Public Talk
Project Space 13: Doha Art Map

18th June 2019

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha

Education City, Qatar Foundation

Majid Al-Remaihi / Short Narrative / Qatar / 2017 / 13 min / Colour

Doha Art Map exhibition project is conceived as a platform for research around art production and debate taking place within Mathaf Project Space’s 13th edition. The Museum invites artists, curators, aspiring curators and creative community to continue discussions around the contemporary art scene in Doha. Bringing together filmmakers and artists, the open forum will survey film and performance art practices in Doha and discuss their role in shaping society.

Mathaf invites three Qatari directors—Jassim Al Romaihi, Majid Al-Remaihi, Khalifa Al-Marri --from Doha Film Institute to participate in Project Space 13: Doha Art Map, introduced by Curator Laura Barlow and moderated by Curator Hessa Al Romaihi. The topic will touch base on how film can portray art through a lens, how each of the young Qatari directors managed to paint their own imaginations and place them on a screen. The conversation will present the directors perspectives on the medium of film and its role to develop creative and critical thinking?  

Directors: Jassim Al Romaihi, Majid Al-Remaihi, Khalifa Al-Marri


Mathaf Screening of Raqs Media Collective

06 July 2019 (Saturday)


Cinema room, Doha Fire Station, Doha

Still image from Strikes at Time, 2011, video diptych , 18 min, 32 sec. Courtesy of Raqs Media Collective

How do we understand our place in the world and the wider cosmic universe? In this ambiguous moment in which questions of time, resources, economies, the movement of people, and reliance on digital technologies filter into daily life, how to position this contemporary experience in relation to our past and future selves?  

The screening of two works by Raqs Media Collective reflect on these questions. The Blood of Stars (2017) poetically tells a tale of how all life exists with iron, making a connection between humanity and outer space, to suggest we are all formed from stars.

The protagonist in Strikes at Time (2011) escapes his exhaustion, isolation, and sense of lost time by listing the mundane activities of his labouring day. The video narrates the uncanny rhythm of a working day, drawn from found diaries, read by Raqs Media Collective alongside Jacques Ranciere’s La Nuit des Proletaires (The Night of Labour), from 1981.

This event takes place as part of the exhibition Raqs Media Collective: Still More World, on view at Mathaf until July 31st. The screening will be followed by a conversation with artist Shuddhabrata Sengupta and exhibition curators Laura Barlow and Lina Ramadan, and an open Q&A.