Archive for January, 2011

50/20.

30/01/2011
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Sultan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of 50/20, a two-part exhibition featuring a new generation of artists who are challenging the construction of history through visual practice.

“The question of how individual memory fits or, more accurately, does not fit with history is at the heart of the question here.” – Gayatri Spivak.

As part of its mission to foment critical thinking through visual arts, Sultan Gallery has invited a number of artists, curators and similarly occupied individuals to superimpose their own visions of history in this exhibition commemorating 50 years of sovereignty within the State of Kuwait. The month-long exhibit will be held in February of 2011, with one opening on February 1st, and the second on February 15th beginning at 7pm.

The body of work being shown in this exhibition acts as a kind of historiographical analysis over the development of the State of Kuwait in relation to the rest of the world. Artists here explore a number of topical, socio-political issues that analyze how argument [tradition] shifts over time in response to the changing conditions of market and state [flux]. How was Kuwait culturally affected by a financial grown spurt with the discovery of petroleum? Is the country’s social and cultural development up to par with the Dinar? What is art to a society like Kuwait? These are some of the questions addressed through a range of mediums including video, photography, sound, sculpture, installations, and even the incorporation of design for debate as an aesthetic in art. Works range from individual histories, to folk, fiction, and secularist landscapes that combat stereotype, stigmas, and dogmas.

Sultan Gallery invites you to explore 50 years of independence, and 20 years of liberation through the eyes of the country’s young cultural cohort and protagonists starting February 1st 2011.

Exhibition Schedule:

February 1st | 7-9 pm

February 2nd | 10am – 4pm & 7-9 pm

February 3rd – 10th| 10am – 4pm (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays)

February 15th | 7-9 pm

February 16th | 10am – 4pm & 7-9 pm

February 17th – 24th|10am – 4pm (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays)

Nedim Kufi : 20 Seasons a Day

12/01/2011
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Sultan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ’20 Seasons a Day’,  a solo show by Netherlands-based Iraqi artist, Nedim Kufi.

It’s the second time the artist is exhibiting in Kuwait, as Nedim Kufi is undoubtedly a man of talent. The way he undergoes transformation in his work, transforming himself from subject to object, is testament of the living energy instilled in such original artwork. Kufi uses pigments, twigs, leaves, seeds, henna and mud in his oeuvres. For him, the art-master is nature and we, the scrimmaging subjects of this world, are forever nature’s students.

For this exhibition Kufi was inspired by the physical and relational characteristics of a notebook. The thematic “daftar” (Arabic for workbook) has for long been a source of revelation throughout the development of his work. In 2004, the artist founded the online quarterly magazine called daftar, which can be visited at www.nkufi.com/daftar.html.  Part of this project was to take physical iterations, as the objective has always been for it to occupy a place between theory and practice –either as seminars, publications, performances  or presentations of work– hence the exhibition being announced herein. Here Kufi aims to open up to the audience through his artwork much like a notebook opens up to it’s owner. Partially reminding of the things we have noted down like points on a page, and partially giving us the freedom to fill up empty spaces through our own imagination. For Kufi the meaning of artwork is where it’s merit lies; not in it’s appearance, but in many cases the title. He insists on working on the end of the story more than on the start of it, as he encourages the viewer to do when analyzing his work.

It is with this objective that Sultan Gallery invites you to explore Nedim Kufi’s  ‘20 Seasons a Day’, where he analyzes the garden and questions the changing value of nature and the environment over the span of one day (Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 7 to 9 p.m.).