BUILDING BRIDGES WITH ART
The final event in the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture calender – Here There – showcases the works of 42 artists from these two countries.
The paintings, installations, sculptures, photographs and more will be on display at Al Riwaq gallery till March 30, 2015. Exploring the environmental, cultural and social aspects of life in Qatar and Brazil, the works have been curated by three teams (one for Qatari artists, one for Brazilian and the last dealing with artists' books) spread across five countries. While the artists chosen are mostly young (this is most obvious in the post-modern, conceptual works of the Brazilian artists), veterans like Ernesto Neto and Khalifa Al Obaidly.
At the inauguration of the exhibition, the launch of the artists' residence programme at the Fire Station was also announced. The old Civil Defence Building, which has been re-purposed into a gallery and artists' hub, will open in 2015 and the nine-month Artist in Residence programme will support locals artists by providing 20 studios and gallery space to hone their skills and collaborate with other artists. Registration is now live at www.firestation.org.qa and will close on April 1, 2015.