WHEN DID YOU BECOME AN ARTIST AND CURATOR?
I am an IT engineer and a business analyst, but I have always had a keen interest in art since my childhood. Since I won the first prize in the youth salon contest in 2007 and obtained two awards from Sotheby's International Auction house, my love for the world of art has increased due to the support and appreciation of all the people around me. My responsibility is to spread Qatari culture to the world and other cultures, but in a sophisticated and modern way, far from the traditional way of realistic painting.
I had started studying art history and engaging in the exhibitions and museum curation programs in the previous years in several universities. My strong belief is that the artist should be comprehensive and have an artistic eye in directing their artistic work and curtaining the exhibiting space for his artwork.
HOW DID THE EXHIBITION COME ABOUT?
With our celebration of the cultural year between Qatar and America and the launch of the cultural year in mid-January , it came to my mind that we need to celebrate this year through art; especially since we have a group of talented American artists who reside in the State of Qatar. Despite the current conditions due to COVID-19, art is still an outlet for everyone and a tool that connects people to each other. The idea of this collaboration came to celebrate the strong ties between artists and the two cultures. Moreover, to overcome the crisis of our universe by transmitting positive messages to society and artists.
This year is exceptional. We do not know what may happen in it. Whenever we hope that the COVID-19 disease will fade, new symptoms appear. Nevertheless, we still look with hope and optimism for the future. And we still insist on celebrating this year through art.
The main concern is: Do you live life in black and white or in colours? Some people live their lives very black and white. They are ruled by the surrounding atmosphere, and grey areas bother them. Because there’s always an element of possible disapproval and the fear of ‘what will happen in this world?’ they resist change and expect everyone to toe the line. But on the other hand, there are people who always change our lives, the way we view things, and it's because of their positive spirit that surrounds us because they see life in colours.