Holding on to heritage

Art 29 exhibits Qatari artist Al-Mawlawi’s creations this month Discuss this article

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European Renaissance paintings that strongly inspire traditional and local expression of Qatar’s rich heritage through artwork may not be commonplace, but Abdulwahed Al-Mawlawi, an artist known for his work that focuses on local artistic expression spanning from the late nineties to the early 2000s, really brings about this kind of artwork – contemporary yet historically and culturally rich.

Born in 1950, Al-Mawlawi’s work primarily emphasises the recording and documenting of local heritage and cultural traditions. He wants to remind people where they are from and hence, his art depicts scenes from
daily life.

He first showcased his work at the Qatar Visual Art Center decades ago in 1988, however he has also gained fame on the international stage with his exhibits. His instrumental role in building the legacy of a collective heritage has been noteworthy and the early 2000s saw him chair the local Gulf Theatre in Qatar. In 2011, Al-Mawlawi was featured in an exhibition titled Swalif: Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity, and his work now is popular among public and private collectors in the region.

Al-Mawlawi is exhibiting his work all through this month at W Doha’s expansive gallery space, Art 29. The collection showcased is managed by Nahed Al Emadi and curated by Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Kubaisi, Lina Ramadan and Wadha Tariq Al Aqeedi. It is conserved by Claire Dizarny Gargas while the collections team is headed by Noor K. Al Mawlawi, Ali K. Al Mawlawi and Hamad Al Amarri. Check it out now.
Free entry. Open to public. Until July 25. Open daily 9am-7pm. Art 29, W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5000).

By Shereen D’Souza
Time Out Doha,

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