Posted on June 13, 2018

Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Education City Mosque is currently running ‘Deconstructing the Sacred’, an exhibition by emerging Doha artist Othman Al Khunji. The exhibition is an open invitation to people from different cultural backgrounds and religious faiths to embrace each other’s similarities and differences.

Al Khunji, who graduated in 2015 with a MFA in Design from Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a QF partner university, said: “I’m extremely pleased to have been offered the opportunity to showcase my art at Education City Mosque’s gallery, as I can’t think of a better fit for the nature of my work. I feel the venue brings together people from all backgrounds, where they can engage in open dialogue on the religious, cultural, and social issues that my artworks address.” ‘Deconstructing the Sacred’ is Al Khunji’s first solo exhibition in Qatar, and features interactive installations created through the use and application of innovative technology, including 3D printing, Arduino technology, laser cutting, neon glass heat bending, and water jet engraving.

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Mrs. Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, QF, said: “We’re delighted to showcase the incredible works of one of QF’s alumni. Othman’s exhibition bridges the gap between past and future, and offers visitors the opportunity to explore the many themes depicted in his art in a space that is conducive to open dialogue and debate. QF continually strives to inspire social engagement across the wider community, and we encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and explore the art of one of Qatar’s very own emerging young artists.”

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Al Khunji is well-renowned in the local art and design community for his subtle yet thought-provoking work that explores themes of religion, culture, and social justice. He has previously exhibited at Msheireb Museums; Katara Cultural Village; Garage Gallery, Fire Station; The Shangri-La Hotel, Doha; The New York Times Art for Tomorrow Conference at The W Hotel, Doha; Kraftwerk Berlin; Menier and Saatchi Gallery, London. .Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see a host of Al Khunji’s artworks including his artworks that were exhibited at The Fuorisalone, Milan Design Week 2018.

The exhibition, which officially opened to the public on June 9, will run until the end of September 2018.