Hali: Kuwaiti-Bahraini artis­tic at­tempt to re­vive her­itage

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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

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