Alanoud Al Buainain
“Change is inevitable; it can’t be stopped. But it’s nice to see this being documented through art.”
After acquiring a degree in art, design (and some elements of art history) in Boston three years ago, Alanoud Al Buainain returned to Doha and began working with Qatar Museums. Since then she has submerged herself in the local art scene, getting reacquainted with older artists and finding exciting new ones. “What are our artists trying to tell us? What are they about? Where are they?” are some of the questions she tries to answer. “Some of the art I'm finding in Qatar revolve around the theme of change in different aspects within the society,” she says. The tone is primarily positive, with a tinge of nostalgia. “Change is inevitable; it can't be stopped. But it's nice to see this being documented through art.” She points at one of the works in ‘ Here There’: Maryam Al Homaid's tribute to Doha's vanishing roundabouts. The digital art installation brings to life in all their 3D glory some of Doha's most iconic roundabouts. This is a great example of the current commentary on change in the art world. “The removal of the roundabouts might have made a positive impact but nevertheless they evoke certain sentiments in the viewer. The structures on these roundabouts were landmarks themselves, helping us navigate the city. So there is this sense of trying to keep the memory of these elements alive, even though they are long gone,” she says.
“The strong sense of privacy within the Qatari society doesn't mean that there is no communication,” Al Buainain points out. “There are many artists who put their work out there through social media, many who are introduced to me through other artists. They have studied together or learnt about one another through others. So there is a dialogue going on even though it's not so much out there.” Often, her mission is to uncover the links between the different perspectives and bring out their coalescent meaning. This involves a lot of research, discussions with the artists, visiting their studios and writing about it. “I certainly want to work on more exhibitions this year and create long-term collaborations with local artists.” Meanwhile, she continues to dabble in art on her own, experimenting with her artistic voice and different mediums and materials. Al Buainain's own Chro
nophobia, Chromophobia, a pair of all black and all white pieces that is part of Here
There, explores how confusion in visualisation can completely alter a meaning. “I am still learning,” she says modestly, “and will continue creating art at a pace that I am confident with.”