last seen… silkscreen printing on fabiano paper with pencil drawing 2014

A Hidden Language/A workshop by Basmah Felemban
Date: Monday, 14th of July, 2014
Time: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Location: Athr Gallery

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Basmah will explain the code she developed to create a language used in her work “last seen…”
The workshop aims to decipher the code, and introduce the meaning of Islamic symbols and its intended application.

Registration is required, as seating is limited.

ImageArt Dubai is part of Art Week, an umbrella initiative that highlights the plethora of exhibitions, projects and events that now coincide with the fair each March, the most dynamic time in the UAE’s cultural calendar. Special events include Design Days Dubai, the only fair in Asia dedicated to product and furniture design; Sikka, the fair run by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and dedicated to new work by UAE-based artists; and Galleries Nights, featuring 40 new exhibitions across Al Quoz and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC); plus other projects, museum shows and major events throughout the Emirates, Qatar and the Gulf.

Parallel Lines will see three young Saudi Arabian artists showing a range of innovative new works across the art forms of calligraphy, sculpture and Islamic geometry. This is the first time the three artists have shown their work together in the space bringing together elements inspired by their faith, translated onto paper and into sculptures.

Basmah Felemban, a self taught graphic designer from Jeddah, will exhibit her latest series “Sama Dance”. Meanwhile, Dana Awartni, a specialist in geometry and illumination, tile work and parquetry will present her Mu’athat series. Finally, Abdulaziz Al Resheedi’s calligraphy work will encompass traditional calligraphy.

Opening: Tuesday, 23rd of July, 2013
10.00 PM – 1.00 AM

Exhibition duration:
24th July – 10th September, 2013

Participating Artists:
Dana Awartani
Basmah Felemban
Abdulaziz Al Rasheedi


Jeddah’s Athr Gallery comes to Doha, Qatar this month to collaborate with the city’s Katara Cultural Village on ‘Show Of Faith’, a major, multi-media group exhibition by Saudi Arabian artists opening on July 11th and running until August 31st.

As part of a groundswell of activity from the Saudi Arabian gallery, that has seen its artists exhibit in London, Berlin, Venice and Basel in the past few months, ‘Show Of Faith’ marks Athr Gallery’s inaugural foray into the burgeoning art scene of Doha.

Taking its cue from the imminent Ramadan season, a time of contemplation and spiritual regeneration for Muslims worldwide, ‘Show Of Faith’ offers perspectives, insights and reflections on the essence of faith, both within the precepts and traditions of Islam, and beyond, as a universal source of sanctuary and solace.

‘Show Of Faith’ questions how the proximity of Mecca has affected the worldview of the artists who have grown up in the area – artists such as Ibrahim Abumsmar, Nora Alissa, Dana Awartani, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Basmah Felemban,  Musaed Al Hulis, Nasser Al Salem and Noha Al Sharif.

Discussing themes ranging from ritual, tradition and history to the contemporary manifestations of faith and devotion, ‘Show of Faith’ presents a broad spectrum of artistic styles and forms, that draw heavily on the geometrical abstractions of traditional Islamic art, blending smoothly with the present-day approaches and techniques.


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