When lan­guage and cul­ture are not bar­ri­ers

Shar­maine Thérèsa Pre­to­rius, com­pleted her de­but ex­hi­bi­tion “En­clo­sure Fathom – Part 1” in Nizwa re­cently and aims to hold “Part 2” in Fe­bru­ary 2019. The first ex­hi­bi­tion had seen her and her close-knit team and spon­sors in­vite 150 well known art col­lecto

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It was a mo­ment of fun and rev­e­la­tion as peo­ple from three na­tions met here in Oman and found that lan­guage and cul­ture are not bar­ri­ers to build­ing a friend­ship. Taketo Oguchi, Ja­panese founder and editor-in-chief of the big­gest on­line mag­a­zine, SHIFT, ac­com­pa­nied by celebrity artist Miwa Yokoyama met South African artist Sharm T.P. and her aca­demic in­struc­tor and artist hus­band Willem Pre­to­rius from Nizwa on the land of Sind­bad.

Oguchi’s mag­a­zine SHIFT, launched 22 years ago, is among the lead­ing cul­tural we­bzines in Ja­pan and Asia. SHIFT’s cur­rent con­tent in­cludes a va­ri­ety of cre­ative cul­ture in­for­ma­tion such as de­sign, fash­ion, art, mu­sic, ar­chi­tec­ture, and mul­ti­me­dia.

Oguchi’s visit to Oman is rel­e­vant, as Unesco’s next call for Cre­ative Cities Net­work ap­pli­ca­tions is set to be launched next year and il­lus­trates how in­no­va­tive peo­ple like him can trans­form the cre­ative sce­nario in Oman. Oguchi came to Oman to in­ter­view Sharm T.P. aka Shar­maine Thérèsa Pre­to­rius, a well known artist, who has al­ready drawn in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion for her paint­ings of holo­graphic mem­o­ries.

He has a niche in­ter­est in artists who have a unique touch, dif­fer­ent from any­one else in the world, which is com­pletely orig­i­nal. Usu­ally, he does not find them in the main­stream or un­der­ground art cul­ture.

“I rely on feel­ings or se­lect unique works or artists, who are like no other in the world. The work must be orig­i­nal and re­flect a sense of hu­mour. It is very im­por­tant that the artist has a very strong will to be highly ac­tive in his/her area,” he said.

Shar­maine de­scribed Oman as a hid­den jewel, hav­ing the IT whizz kids, the cre­ative drive and artis­tic tal­ent and an old worldly charm­ing his­tory to be­come rich in cul­tural ex­changes with artists and col­lec­tors, trav­ellers and tourists in other cre­ative cities from mul­ti­ple coun­tries.

Shar­maine Thérèsa Pre­to­rius com­pleted her de­but ex­hi­bi­tion “En­clo­sure Fathom – Part 1” in Nizwa re­cently and aims to hold “Part 2” in Fe­bru­ary 2019. The first ex­hi­bi­tion had seen her and her close-knit team and spon­sors in­vite 150 well known art col­lec­tors to the an­cient city.

“We could learn from Oguchi. He has a life­time of ex­pe­ri­ence with in­te­grat­ing mul­ti­ple play­ers and fields of cre­ative artistry and ex­pe­ri­ences sen­si­tively with the so­cio-cul­tural-re­li­gious fab­ric of Omani so­ci­ety,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Oguchi’s book of se­lec­tion, artists should have su­pe­rior re­la­tion­ship skills, know the dif­fer­ence be­tween “sig­nif­i­cance” and mere “suc­cess”, a sense of hu­mour, char­ac­ter and in­tegrity, a steely will and de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed, and uniquely orig­i­nal work.

cheer up the Oman art sce­nario.

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