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We delve into the utterly intriguing world evoked by Flip a Coin, an exhibition by Ahmed Albahrani Discuss this article

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Ahmed Albahrani’s latest exhibition, Flip a Coin, depicts the decline and collapse of the ancient Arab Empire that once dominated the world. The coins are used to depict historical moments that have had an impact on important stages of the Middle East’s current state.

The exhibition is on show at Anima Gallery until Saturday March 31, and is a must-see for anyone interested in ancient empires.

Albahrani also uses coins to communicate his response to political unrest and war in the region.

The artworks are created to appear rough and cracked, and every delicate engraving on them shows sheer attention to detail. The coins are enlarged and engraved with tally marks and sand ripples. They also have gunshot holes in them, as well as cracked surfaces. Some even appear, rather dramatically, to be melting.

The idea of Flip a Coin is derived from the idea of gestalt – an organised whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts. It emphasises each and every coin as independently accountable for its country’s history, but together as a whole, they represent the collapsed Arab empire.

As you look closer at each coin, you’ll realise that every component is of vital importance and needs to be read through its layers. And you’ll find hidden stories that reference part of our modern-day crises.

It’s heavily contemplative stuff.

Take a look around and let it sink in.
Free. Open Sun-Thu 10am-7pm. Until Mar 31. Anima Gallery, 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 7437).

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