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Opening: Ali Ferzat & Emy Kat Solo Exhibitions


Two upcoming exhibitions this April by Ali Ferzat and Emy Kat at the Athr Art Gallery, Jeddah.

ECHOES
Ali Ferzat Solo Exhibition
Opening: Sunday, 13th of April, 2014 at 7.30 pm
Exhibition Dates: 13 – 30 April, 2014
5th Floor, Space 01, Athr Gallery
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Let’s speak all languages ​​without a language…
“The Mischievous Caricaturist”, with this description begins his journey from the city of Hama; an artist who revealed the beauty of everything around him. He comes up with an idea which in return ignites your imagination and makes you wonder if you can realize it?

After a while, you begin to see the dream and fantasy turning into a reality…
Since his early memory in Hama and throughout the time of publishing the independent periodical, Al-Domari “The Lamplighter”, his story has been a constant struggle that doesn’t know defeat nor does he surrender to hesitation and frustration. Even when they broke his hands to make him stop him from drawing they failed and achieved the contrary. That horrible incident didn’t hinder him, instead it fuelled him and enabled him to add more shine and glamour to his creativity and consequently kept him influential as usual.

THE EVERLASTING NOW
Emy Kat Solo Exhibition
Opening: Sunday, 13th of April, 2014 at 7.30 pm
Exhibition Dates: 13 – 30 April, 2014
RF floor, Space 02, Athr Gallery
Jeddah, Saudia Arabia
Mohamed Alkhatib a.k.a EMY KAT has travelled around the world in search of new and interesting heights. Living between New York, London and Paris. Alkhatib has chosen to settle in the “city of light” Paris and opened his own private studio. Always seeking to experience various ways to initiate conversations between expression and the places he has been. In  2009 he set off to rediscover his Middle Eastern heritage in his series Souls on the Streets in Marrakech.

Immersed in his research, Alkhatib went back in 2011 to the main source of his enquiry, the city of his birth, Jeddah, where he grew up. He started to work on a new project supported by patrons who believed in his project, he lived in the heart of Jeddah’s Old Town (Al Balad) for three months. Like many other cities around the world that only unleash their secrets to those they love. The city was telling him about its struggle, sending signs to him like a messenger carrying its key, it displayed its beauty even though it looked abandoned, it displayed various colours, even though they seem faded, the colours forever retained their heritage. Places and light invited him to enter and whispered to him “come, get closer and immerse yourself in my beauty, that which I only show to those who seek it”.

This experience produced a series of photographs, Athr Gallery presents to you, in hope to find a hint of the aforementioned beauty.

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