Contemporary art expo at Anima Gallery
DOHA: Paintings and installations replete with wide-ranging themes including inner dialogue, human links and revolt against injustice are featured at the second exhibition of Anima Gallery and Lounge which opened yesterday.
‘BIG TALK… small talk’ exhibition features artworks by contemporary artists Elie Bourgely, Jean-Marc Nahas and Mayak.
“This exhibition is special in that the paintings and installations are very contemporary, philosophical and invoke issues that are set to encourage dialogue among the viewers,” said Ghada Sholy, owner of the gallery which has been creating waves since the time it was launched in March this year.
The paintings exude an undeniable appeal in themselves not only for the uniqueness of techniques by the individual artists but also the message they convey to the every art enthusiast and the stories behind them.
Bougely, for instance gives life to remnants of almost anything he finds anywhere arousing a kind of nostalgia to the onlooker.
“My works are all about traces, things we leave behind. I try to take them and give them life in doing so I construct a memory to create another memory,” he explained to local journalists at the press briefing yesterday.
In the process of constructing his innovative artworks, Bougely creates powerful symbolisms such as the apple, recurrent in many of the artworks, which for him symbolises man’s hunger for knowledge, his ceaseless search for the reason of his existence and his place in this world.
Images of people with arms raised and wailing which at times disturbing are dominant in Nahas’ paintings which he says thematically depict war and revolt against injustices in the society. He explores the cycle of birth, revolt and death in the works, the most brilliant of which is his installation titled ‘Alia and Who’s Next?,’ which shows a multitude of faces which seem to fall down into obscurity. “Everyone experiences pain wherever you go. It is universal,” he said.
Mayak has created patterns using human faces sometimes resulting to huge stacks creating an impression of human links and dialogue.
He draws inspiration from Qatar in one of his installations titled ‘Contemplative’. He uses sand from Qatar as the platform where a set of human figures of the same size and appearance stand which to him communicates the idea that “we are similar yet different from each other’.
The artworks, which are for sale, are open to public viewing at Anima Gallery in The Pearl Qatar until July 31.