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Shereen D’Souza picks the top five exhibitions to check out this month

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Bouthayna Al-Muftah: Echoes
The newest edition of Mathaf’s Project Space Bouthayna Al-Muftah: Echoes is an exciting exhibit showcasing the research undertaken to recollect memories. These memories reflect on the rapid social and cultural changes that Qatar has seen over the past few decades.

Bouthayna Al-Muftah, a Qatari visual artist who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts in 2010, interestingly shares local memories that question current practises influenced by technology. A popular traditional group game played by young boys and girls in this region is taken into context and deconstructed. Various forms of the game redefine cultural narratives, and each part offers a symbolic expression in the space taken up by the artist. This space is created to depict the intersection of the past and the present.
Free. Open to the public. Until Sept 10. Open Sat-Thu 9am-7pm; Fri 1.30pm-7pm. Mathaf, Qatar Foundation, Al Luqta Street (4402 8855).

Dual Inspirations
Dual Inspirations is an exhibition that marks the end of a successful season of the Artist in Residence Programme at the Doha Fire Station where 18 artists spend nine months engaging with artists, curators and researchers to create their final artworks. This year’s edition is presented as a conversation between two artists sharing their perspectives on the same topic. It’s all about reflection and inspiration – two artists are matched in one section under a specific theme which describes their work. The themes include: Memory, Constructivism, Material, Contemplation, Abstractionism, City, Result, Perception and Viewpoint.
Free. Until Oct 1. Open Sat-Thu 9am-7pm; Fri 1pm-7pm. Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station, Civil Defense Roundabout (4422 4222).

Gardens of Al Andalus
Created by FUNCI, this exhibition showcases various plants, tools and gardening methods used in Andalusia between the 8th and 15th centuries, also highlighting the importance of these gardens. Located at QNL, the library has uncovered various manuscripts, photographs and rare books related to this topic. You can also find recreations of three metre tall towers displaying botanic species, historical drawings and ancient botanical reference sheets.
Free. Until Sept 7. Open daily 7am-7pm. Qatar National Library, Education City (4454 8302).

International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition (S’hail)
One of the largest international exhibitions dedicated to falcon hunting, S’hail, includes several activities and events as well such as falcon auctions and showcases. The second edition of the International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition aims to support falcon enthusiasts in the region while also promoting Qatar’s rich heritage in falconry. You can find stores for selling falcons, hunting equipment, hunting guns, hunting vehicle outfitting and supplies for outdoor sports. Additionally, advanced technology tools needed to serve the hobby of hunting is featured. The exhibition displays hunting-related ancient artefacts from a variety of countries around the world.
Free. Sept 4-7, 10am-10pm. Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (4408 1546).

Remember When…
Qatari artists Ghada Al-Khater and Mubarak Al-Thani have displayed some of their unique, interesting and satirical artwork that takes you through a journey of the most pivotal and memorable political events that took place over the past year, as experienced through their eyes in an exhibition entitled Remember When... Key events reshaped the future of Qatar and redefined its cultural identity which the artists have brilliantly represented on their canvases.
Free. Until Sept 4. Open daily 9am-7pm. 29th floor, Art 29, W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5000).

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