Posted on October 21, 2018

W Doha Hotel & Residences, the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Qatar, will showcase an art exhibition, named ‘Feminism is a Voice’ at ART 29 with the participation of 12 local and international female artists. The gallery is comprised of over 40 pieces that range from canvas paintings, calligraphy and photography.

Curated by Qatari artist Fahad Al Obaidly, the collection will showcase the formative impact of feminism on contemporary art and provide a visual framework that concerns women of today. The opening reception for the gallery was held on October 20th and will be open to the public until November 20th, from 10am-10pm daily. The talented group women who will display their stirring compositions representing each of their personal journeys include: Fatma Mohammed, Sumaia ElKilani, Abeer Al Kuwari, Aisha Al Malki, Sheikha Al Hardan, Maryam Al Homaid, Shouq Al-Mana, Sara Al-Buainain and Shuaa Al Muftah – who are all Qatari, Maysa Elmuman from Kuwait, Hadeer Omar from Yemen and Shaima Al Tamimi from Egypt.

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‘Feminism is a Voice’ as an exhibition offers a multi-voiced interpretation of feminism through contemporary art. It aims to expose society to female artists who want to create a dialogue between the viewer and artwork. In addition, it will tackle concepts around feminism with works that embrace women empowerment, with literal or metaphorical visualizations.

Commenting on her personal journey through art, self-taught Qatari practitioner, Aisha Al Malki said: “Feminism is a Voice and ART29 is the perfect platform to share my artistic vision to the local art community in Qatar. My pieces are inspired from the many successful women in my life – including my mother - their memories and stories. I hope that my work will produce powerful bonds among viewers that visit the exhibition. It is definitely a place to share stories and connect with others.”

The gallery is meant to tackle the idea that there are no boundaries in art; although the women hail from different backgrounds, families and age; it is their love for art that is the common thread tying them together.

Qatari Artist, Sumaia Al Kilani, commented: “I have always been passionate about art in the form of surrealism because it enables me to depict my thoughts and visions through my paintings. My goal is to document meaningful memories by reinventing my very own thoughts and turning it into art. It has been a true pleasure for me as an artist to showcase my story to the local community through this exhibition and I hope that visitors will take the time to view all the compositions on display as they are not to be missed.”

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W Doha Hotel General Manager, Wassim Daaje said: “The addition of the latest gallery at ART29 is not just a platform to empower women alone but also a platform to empower creativity through other artists in Qatar. At the W Doha, we truly believe it is important that passionate and emerging talents are given ample opportunities to showcase their artistry. I encourage the W Doha visitors to stop by ART29 to see the insightful gallery for themselves - you will not be disappointed by the displays concocted by these brilliant women.”

Fahad Al Obaidly is an independent curator based in Qatar. His passion for curating creative exhibitions started with curating his own fashion and art exhibitions in 2012 when he curated his own fashion exhibitions such as: Fumee Fashion in Paris, Sadek fashion exhibition in Germany and Khait exhibition as part of year of culture with Brazil as well as many others. Art 29 is an exciting platform that presents the works of up and coming local, regional and international artists. It provides them with a space to showcase their work and aspirations to the community. For more information, please visit the Art29 website at www.art29doha.com

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