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IMPRINT: RE-IMAGINING IDENTITY

Photography and Digital Exhibition

The concept of identity is complex and layered, especially when attributed to the Arabian Peninsula and its Gulf. The people who live in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries are the descendants of ages of civilizations whose footprints and maritime trade merged to a variety of languages, religions and ideologies.

The core of this exhibition Imprint is to invite artists based in Saudi Arabia and its neighboring GCC countries to explore their definition of identity in the form of photography, film and digital artworks. The image is a vessel that interprets both space and time, as well as encapsulating moments that are an extension of oneself. As producers and consumers of their image, participating artists can shift the gaze from the politics, oil-wealth and religion attributed to the Gulf, and instead offer new and personal narratives.

Exhibiting Artists

AHAAD ALAMOUDI - AJLAN GHAREM - BADER ALBALAWI - EIMAN ALGIBREEN - FAISAL SAMRA - KHALID ALJABRI - LULWAH ALHUMOUD - MAHA ALASKAR - MAHA MULLAH - MAI ALMOATAZ - MASHAEL ALSAIE - MOATH ALOFI - MOHAMMED ALFARAJ - MOHAMMED ALKOUH - NASSER ALSHEMIMRY - REEM ALNASSER - THEORIES OF IMAGINATION (T. of. I)


Curator

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Latifa Abdulrahman Al Khalifa

Latifa Al Khalifa is a researcher, curator and writer who explores Middle Eastern and North African culture, with a focus on the Arabian Gulf. She launched her arts consultancy Too Far, in 2016 in order to champion artists and creatives from the MENA region on a global scale. Currently, she is a regular contributor to Khaleejesque and Tribe Magazine and is an alumnus of the Bangkok edition of the ICI Curatorial Intensive (2018).

Latifa holds an M.A. in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College, University of London (2012), and has curated a myriad of projects and exhibitions in London, Dubai and Bahrain.

IMPRINT: EMERGING ARTISTS SELECTION

Open Call Competition

As part of Misk Art Institute’s mandate to encourage creativity and serve as a platform for emerging artists, Imprint also launched an open call for young talents specializing in photography and digital art across the Arab world. Over 140 submissions were received from across the Arab world and vetted by a committee comprising the curator, Latifa Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Saudi artist Moath Alofi and reps from Misk Art Institute. The works of 19 artists are displayed in a dedicated space within the exhibition.


Selected Artists

Abdullah AlThukair - Abdulsalam Ajinah - Ahmed AlHezab - Bilal Jamal - Deema AlGhufaili - Faisal AlOhalii - Fie Alyami - Hassan AlHindi - Lulu Alghofaili - Lulwah AlDuhami - Madiha Sebbani - Mahmood AlZadjali - Meshari AlOsaimi - Mohamed Bajrai - Nora AlGosaibi - Reem AlShareef - Sara AlMunyif - Shahad Nazer - Somayah AlSayed

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