Children of Gaza

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Artwork by Dia Azzawi

Orient Gallery at AWA 2013:
Children of Gaza by Dia Azzawi, Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane

“Children of Gaza” is an exhibition on the power of imagery and the persistence of hope.

After the Israeli incursion of Gaza in December 2008 Anthony Dawton, Jim McFarlane & Giuseppe Aquili entered Gaza with the support of Save the Children to photograph what they saw. Inspired by the images, Dia Azzawi has produced six original prints to accompany the exhibition.All proceeds will be donated to Save the Children in Gaza. Children of Gaza is facilitated by Q0DE_ Exhibitions.

Dia Azzawi

Dia Azzawi  is a globally recognised artist, whose art work belongs to collections around the world including the Vienna Public Collection, The World Bank, the Library of Congress, Institut du Monde Arabe, the British Museum and many others.

Anthony Dawton

Anthony Dawton is winner of the Fuji Industrial World photographer of the year. His work in Niger was selected for the Sony World Photographic Awards at Cannes in 2009.

Jim McFarlane

Jim McFarlane is an Australian based photographer who has worked commercially for over 25 years. He is the recipient of the Melbourne Art Director’s Club award and the Oriental Fine Print award. Currently Jim is teaching art photography at Australia’s leading art college Deakin University, Melbourne.

TRI/Angulate by Atelier Uraiqat

Artwork by Atelier Uraiqat

Jacaranda at AWA 2013:
TRI/Angulate by Atelier Uraiqat

TRI/Angulate is a parametric patterning system that was developed by Atelier Uraiqat based on a mathematical study of lines and angles. In this exhibition, they have created three-dimensional wall-mounted pieces from multi-layered paper stencils in a manner that integrates form, depth, and light.

Atelier Uraiqat is a design lab based in Amman and founded in 2009 by Basel and Basma Uraiqat. It aims at exploring possibilities in design and conceptual experimentation. Atelier Uraiqat’s work is based on an approach that combines artistic formation, theoretical research and technical innovation through the use of modern design technology and digital simulations.

Atelier Uraiqat has exhibited their designs in local exhibitions including the 2010 Sunny Art Fair and the 2012 Trendsetting III exhibition in Amman, as well as local and international media and publications.

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Time Machine: Revisiting Orientalists by Hani Hourani

Artwork by Hani Hourani

Foresight Gallery at AWA 2013:
Time Machine: Revisiting Orientalists by Hani Hourani

This exhibition re-visits photographs that were taken by the Western orientalists while visiting the Levant in the 19th century and early 20th century, reflected in modern eyes, in an attempt to link them with today’s events and movements in the region in the last two years.
He created a hybrid mix of art:different and opposite times, various topics and multiple techniques and materials.

The exhibition raises questions rather than providing answers about the past, present and future. It is a journey he takes in a “time machine”: Photography.

Hani Hourani is a Jordanian painter and photographer, known since the 1960’s for his distinctive plastic art experience. Born in Zarqa’a in 1945, Hourani began practicing art at a very early age. His artistic career was disrupted in 1967, when he decided to pursue a more political and cultural line. In 1993, Hourani emphasized his specialty by resuming his works and holding an exhibition for his water paintings, where he focused on capturing natural landscape views of Al-Waleh Valley, south of Amman.

Hourani’s outstanding contribution is mostly recognizable in photography. Since 1996, he has held thirteen solo exhibitions in a number of capitals around the world, such as Amman, Aleppo, Cairo, Doha, Gothenburg; Sweden, Washington DC; USA and the 11th International Cairo Biennale in Cairo.

Hani persisted on showcasing his photographic works since 1996 where he held around 16 solo exhibitions since then in Gutenberg Museum (Sweden), USA, Aleppo, Cairo (Egypt) and Doha (Qatar) in addition to Amman, Petra and AlSalt city. His works were also exhibited in Al Manamah Museum (Bahrain), Al Sharjah Museum (UAE) and collected by the National Fine Art Museum in Amman- Jordan. His work can be found in Le Royal Hotel Amman, Crown Plaza – Dead Sea and Movenpick Aqaba.

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A Child, a Cat and Paper Kites by Reem Yassouf

Artwork by Reem Yassouf

Zara Gallery at AWA 2013:
A Child, a Cat and Paper Kites by Reem Yassouf

A child, a cat and paper kites; that is the kind of delicate imagery artist Reem Yassouf, presents to the viewer in her new work during Art Week Amman showcased at Zara Gallery, starting Monday, September 9th, 2013.

Yassouf seeks to comment on our living condition through whimsical representations of engineered landscapes and cubic figures. In this exhibition, the artist has chosen to focus on the figure of the child. Using children’s behavior as an indicator for social and cultural change, the artist highlights the fragility of a society’s youth and its powerful ability to act as a repository of societal tension, stress and conflict.

Inspired by local and global social turbulence, Yassouf’s art simultaneously depicts calmness and tension. This is seen in the artist’s unconventional choice of subject matter that attempts to cut through this tension by using symbolism of lightness and freedom. To Yassouf, the artist is powerless against the forces of their own context; therefore it is inevitable that the work should end up being the agent that breaks down the barrier between self-expression and reality. By exploring the intimate relationship between presence and absence, stagnancy and movement and finally the tonalities between black and white through her cubic figures, Yassouf’s work depicts a subtle social commentary of our Post-Modern reality.

Graduating in 2000 with a Fine Arts degree from University of Damascus, the Syrian born artist started her career as a jewelry designer that same year. Working with precious stones and diamonds from Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, Reem attempted to create playful pieces that everyone could enjoy. Having transitioned into painting later on, Reem Yassouf never abandoned utilizing the playful to act as a powerful vessel to deliver an important message to an audience. This is the artist’s first solo show and second showcase at Zara Gallery.

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