Book-burning Qatari artist reveals new Doha exhibition

Ahmed Nooh opens solo exhibition at Fire Station

Book-burning Qatari artist reveals new Doha exhibition
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Turn up the heat with a visit to this free exhibition – which is being hosted inside Doha Fire Station.

Qatari artist Ahmed Nooh torched books, texts and scriptures and wowed audiences in Paris with his first solo exhibition titled Traces of Life.

Now, he has brought his celebrated work to Doha – and you can see it absolutely free.

Nooh’s works experiment with different materials to shed light on reading as a positive habit.

The exhibition was completed as part of his Fire Station Paris Residency rotation at the renowned Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

The Paris Residency is an extension of Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme in Doha and takes one talented Qatari artist to Paris for a three-month stint.

Nooh opened his exhibition with a public talk, which gave attendees an opportunity to speak with the artist about his inspirations and artistic process.

The exhibition is open to the public until February 12 and showcases works in which Nooh experiments with abstracting different materials.

The start of the process for creating the pieces involved burning books as a commentary on the vanishing practice of reading physical books in today’s society.

Burning books has historically been a way to condemn social, political and cultural oppositions.

While working on the burnt material, the artist recognises the value of these books, in hopes of shedding light on reading as a positive aspect of human development.

Khalifa Al-Obaidly, director of the Fire Station, says, “We first exhibited Ahmed’s work as part of the Fire Station Artist in Residence exhibition last summer and received some fantastic feedback. His pieces struck a chord with the public and we were eager to see where he can take his vision given the chance to work alongside other creatives from around the world in Paris. The final product is a unique perspective and social commentary which is sure to spark interesting conversation among visitors to the exhibition.”

Nooh has been a member of the Visual Arts Center in Katara for four years. He is a member of the Souq Waqif Center for Fine Arts, as well as the Qatar Fine Arts Association in Katara.

Qatari artists are welcome to apply to this residency through the Open Calls page on the Fire Station website
Free. Until Feb 12, 9am-7pm. Workshop 3, Fire Station, near Civil Defence Roundabout (4422 4222).

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