Posted on January 05, 2019

The Cultural Village Foundation- Katara opened a colourful Historical Colour Exhibition by Kuwaiti artist Dr Iman Al Shammari on Wednesday at Katara Building 22. Katara HR Manager Said Saad Al Dosari opened the Historical Colour Exhibition on behalf of Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, along with Kuwait Deputy Ambassador Nasser Al Ghanim.

The gallery, which will runs until January 14, sheds light on the life in the Middle East especially the Gulf region during the early 20th century with special focus on some major events and public figures. Using a new colouring technique on black-and-white photos, Shammari brought the old photos into life with their real colours. The photos in Shammari’s gallery are coloured in a special way that makes them look as if they were shot recently using rich colours. “I realised the importance of bringing out history from old books and archives and present it to the public in a contemporary and modern way as interest in reading has decreased a lot,” Shammari said about the idea of her exhibition.

Some of the photographs in Shammari’s exhibition date back to 1900 such as of the gates of Jerusalem while some are for the Royal family of Kuwait, while one photograph is of a Turkish lady that dates back to 1920. She also presents a distinctive experience by using collage art in her artworks which helps to reflect the Islamic history to the rest of the world in a good form by integrating Islamic history with world-famous paintings. Dr Iman Al Shammari is an Arab writer and poet from Kuwait. She launched a humanitarian campaign which was the first of its kind against racism, sectarianism and bullying. She accomplished her voluntary journey in 2017 and was the first Arab woman to enter the Bangladeshi-Burma border in relief work.

source: The Peninsula

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