Posted on March 21, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar’s (VCUQatar) Gallery recently hosted the opening receptions for “form (force)” and “In Transit”, two exhibitions by faculty and students from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts) and VCUQatar.

The exhibitions, curated by Amber Esseiva and Karim Sultan, are an extension of Tasmeem Doha, VCUQatar’s biennial international art and design conference. This year’s theme was “Analogue Living in a Digital World.” The conference took place on March 15 and 16. The exhibitions at VCUQatar’s Gallery and Orange Hall will run until April 4 and are free and open to the public. Amber Esseiva is the Curatorial Assistant at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Karim Sultan is a curator of modern and contemporary art at Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah.

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Tasmeem, which is the Arabic word for “design”, is a collaboration between VCUQatar and VCUarts. This year’s conference featured lectures, workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations by artists, designers and cultural leaders who explored the collision, intersection and interplay between the traditional and digital worlds. The first Tasmeem Doha took place in 2004 at VCUQatar.

Form (force), an exhibition by faculty from VCUQatar and VCUarts at VCUQatar’s Gallery, explores ways in which artists navigate relationships and tensions between embodied and virtual realities. The selection of works evokes a circle of mimicry, in which organic forms are patterned after technological ones, and where technological forms emulate lived experiences in the natural world. form(force) contains paintings, sculpture, photography, video and audio installations and much more.

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“In Transit”, an exhibition by students from VCUQatar and VCUarts at VCUQatar’s Orange Hall, uncovers the intersection between the analogue and digital realms of our creative practices within the context of our lived experiences. The exhibit also creates a context for further examining the relevance of our current attitudes, and offers new ways to grow and evolve creative expression in times of rapid change and displacement. The exhibitions will run until April 4, 2017, and are free and open to the public. “form(force)” is curated by Amber Esseiva and Karim Sultan, while “In Transit” is curated by John Freyer, Michael Perrone, and Marco Bruno – co-chairs of Tasmeem 2017.

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