Hali: Kuwaiti-Bahraini artistic attempt to revive heritage
Hali is an Arabic word meaning fraternity amongst people of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, but on Monday it was associated with cultural and national occasions reflecting Gulf identity.
Hali is a joint exhibition by Kuwaiti and Bahraini artists, Mai Al-Saad and Omar Al-Rashed respectively, which conveyed a message of love and fraternity to people of Bahrain who would be celebrating their national day on December 16.
The exhibition, displaying 57 paintings, was inaugurated by former prime minister His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. The opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah. Mohammad Al-Asousi, Assistant Secretary General for Culture at the National Council for Culture, Art and Letters (NCCAL), said the paintings combined "Kuwaiti and Bahraini environments, and their commonalities."
Speaking following the inauguration, Asousi said the exhibition was a documentation of Gulf environment and heritage. The exhibition was part of celebrations in Kuwait as the 2016 Islamic Cultural Capital. Such exhibitions, he said, contributed to exchange of expertise and strengthen of relations among the Gulf people. Mai Al-Saad said she was keen on displaying the Kuwaiti heritage and national identity. She said the artist "is a mean to convey heritage and memories that the artist experienced and memorized." Omar Al-Rashed said his focus on heritage and traditions aimed at raising awareness among the public in the importance of "reproducing the history of human beings." — KUNA
KUWAIT: His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah tours the ‘Hali’ exhibition hosted by Kuwaiti and Bahraini artists, Mai Al-Saad and Omar Al-Rashed respectively. — KUNA