The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most challenging periods for
humanity in recent history. We have lost loved ones, mourned, and celebrated in
isolation, and our lives, to our large extent, have been put to a halt. But the
pandemic has also put our human attributes to the test, and through it we saw
how, with love, perseverance, and hope, we can overcome hardships.
Before Take Off is a group exhibition by the Khaleeji Art Museum curated
by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi featuring 5 GCC based artists and 1 art
The exhibition depicts the artists'
experiences during the pandemic and highlight the positive human attributes
they would like us to include in our next chapter: Life after the pandemic.
Ahmad Al Rifaii (Kuwait)
Better Days / Digital prints
by Ahmed Al Refaie explores and highlights the Covid-19 pandemic through a
vibrant approach. In no other time in our lives prior had we experienced a
pause in our activities, but as human beings we eventually adapted to our new
world, and tried new things as a result. This global moment in history will not
be forgotten; it was a time in which some of us found themselves, and which
others took advantage of as an opportunity to create a better future for
Ahmed Al Mahri (UAE)
Life After Covid-19/Digital prints
The artwork depicts the Mona Lisa
wearing a mask as if she were part of the Covid-19 pandemic and if she were she
would have been painted wearing the mask.
Hamood Al Maqabli (Oman)
One of the outcomes of the
pandemic was the closure of barber shops, which drove many of the youth to take
matters into their own hands. The results varied from success to failure to
catastrophic failure. In this artwork, the artist embodies a luxurious
contemporary barber's corner to take us back to the very first days of the
pandemic. Visitors will be able to recall that period of their lives, but in a
novel and artistic manner, to relive the experience without the pandemic.
Leena Al Ayoobi (Bahrain)
Inner Peace/Digital prints
selected artworks differ in colour and feeling to Leena Al Ayoobi. Inner peace
and soul searching are at the core of this collection.The elements of water and
air, which have numerous spiritual meanings, are evident in the artworks. Water
is a source of luck and prosperity, while the sky symbolises
mystery and the future. In finding our inner peace, we find paradise. As the
world settles from the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new chapter begins,
where new rules will become the new normal.
Shahad Nazer (Saudi Arabia)
Into the Galaxy/Digital prints
Dive into outer space with Shahad
Nazer’s ‘Into the Galaxy’ collection, which will take you to an entirely
different planet, one that is beyond one’s imagination. The collection is a
perspective of a new world that is far away from the pandemic where we can
recharge, after all we have gone through since the spread of the novel
coronavirus, for our new beginning.
Wild Arab West
Iman Almidfa & Hessa Al-Ali (UAE)
Smile and the World Will Smile Back/Installation
The idea of the
installation centres on the light at end of the tunnel. The room represents the
thought process that numerous people experienced during the pandemic. Many were
confused with different types of thoughts, positive and negative. However, the
past two years have shown us that it is important to always focus on the
positive aspect of things regardless of the events that might be covered in the
news or that we may experience in our personal lives. Thus, the open gaps in
the walls are used to emphasise such a perspective.