The Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), British Council Kuwait and the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, will celebrate “Out of Kuwait” who brings together the work of twelve Kuwait-based artists who have examined and reinterpreted the theme of landscape art during a one month artist residency programme called “Landscapes Expanded.” The exhibition presents the artists’ analysis of their everyday surroundings and comments on the social, political, and physical landscapes of contemporary Kuwait.
This unique opportunity was inspired by the best of Britain’s Landscape artists, whose work is seen in the British Council’s “Out of Britain” exhibition currently open at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait. The programme has given artists living in Kuwait the chance to explore contemporary issues related to site, space and place in their field of work.
Landscapes Expanded was open to candidates from all creative and academic disciplines with the understanding that this would create a trans-disciplinary forum for thinking and working. Each participant’s expertise and experience in their own field helped to inform the work generated by the rest of the group. For individuals outside of formal education this type of stimulating platform is rare. Led by artist and curator Alia Farid Abdal, who explores personal perspectives of public space and constructed landscapes in her own art work and academic research. Participating in the programme are architects Aziz Al Humaidhi and Roa AlShaheen, architecture undergraduate Amani Adel Al Thuwaini, spatial designer Aseel Al Yaqoub, Religion, Literature and Arts graduate, Nima Algooneh, English Literature graduate, Zahra Al Mahdi, jewellery designer, Muneera Al Sharhan, painters Lewis Chapman and Eman Musallem, English and American Literature graduate Faisal Hamadah, journalist Naser Al Wasmi, and Middle East Studies graduate, Ceyda Oskay.
P.S. CAP will be participating in the “25 years of Arab Creativity” exhibition with a painting of the Kuwaiti artist Jafar Islah titled ” Dialogue or No Dialogue.” The exhibition will take a place at the Arab world institue, Paris-France, featuring the works of many established and emerging Arab artists. If you are in Paris from the period of October 15th 2012 till February the 3rd 2013, do not miss the show!