Why Bahraini art is gaining the attention of the world

Why Bahraini art is gaining the attention of the world

An embracing attitude towards change is opening up new avenues of expressions for a younger generation of Bahraini artists.

The artworks of Nabeela Al Khayer show shimmering waves of blues and greys. Titled Sound Of Water, they reflect the significance of water in Bahraini culture. “I remember having picnics by streams and swimming in rivers when I was small – water is a big part of Bahraini life,” says Al Khayer. “Furthermore, we are an island. People from all over come to Bahrain, via the water that surrounds us – it is what brought life and culture to this country,” she shares.

Yet, while distinctly linked to Bahraini culture and heritage, the message woven within her work is one that can be universally appreciated. “Whatever unhappiness and worries you have, you surrender to water when you are submerged in it,” she says. “I think that’s how it is for many people, whether
they are from Bahrain or not.”

Indeed, such is the magic of the artworks showcased at the South-east Asian debut of Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB), held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the King of Bahrain.

The Bahrain Art Week presentation, open to the public from Oct 23 to 27, was launched with a VIP preview on Oct 22 and saw a gathering of art connoisseurs at the Museum of Contemporary Arts.

The invited guests had the privilege of being among the first in the world to lay eyes on a whole new collective of contemporary works: 70 pieces that span diverse genres, from photography to sculpture, all carefully curated based on the theme of Legacy.

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By Linda Mattar.

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