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In Celebration of Qatar National Day, Sheraton Grand Doha hosts `Al Naqhda; Elegance from the past` Exhibition by Qatari Artist Haifa Al-Khuzai in collaboration with Katara Art Center

In celebration of Qatar National Day 2021, Sheraton Grand Doha is hosting a special art exhibition by Qatari artist Haifa Al-Khuzai in collaboration with Katara Art Center in the hotel lobby. 

Qatari Artist Haida Al- Khuzai exhibits a collection of new artworks using mixed mediums of ceramics and porcelain which perfectly hand-made at her own studio, inspired by motifs and patterns of local fashion, in an attempt to integrate the heritage elements into the artworks in a modern style that simulates art audience , art lovers and design in their different languages ​​and cultural backgrounds.The exhibition was kicked off on December 6 with an invitation-only premiere preview event and it will be open to public visit from December 7 until December 30 2021.

Artist Haifa says: Heritage is a symbol of the people’s own identity, and a symbol of the knowledge reached by previous generations, which have been passed down through the times until our time. I am attracted and inspired by the materials and tools that are used in our daily lives in my artworks, such as incense burners “mubhkar”, sprinklers, windows, doors and many more.

Belal Al-Kadry, General Manager of Sheraton Grand Doha says; Sheraton Doha is not simply just a hotel- it is a milestone in Qatar`s history and a popular landmark with its impressive style, opulent décor, and rich hospitality. As a part of this nation’s rich history, we are always happy to be part of Qatar National Day celebrations.

About the Artist-

Haifa Al-Khuzai is a Qatari artist graduated 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Education from Qatar University and obtained a General Diploma in Fine Arts – France in 1984. In addition to her membership in group of committees and organizations including the Qatar Fine Arts Society and the Visual Arts Center, artist Haifa has been working as a teacher of art education with the Ministry of Education for more than 20 years. Haifacommissioned a collection of distinguished artworks through her participation in local and international art exhibitions, the last of which was a collection of ceramic and porcelain works for Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.

Heritage is a symbol of the peoples’ own identity, and a symbol of the knowledge reached by previous generations,which have been passed down through the times until our time. Heritage is the civilization that lives in the memory of the grandchildren. Our country, Qatar, is rich in its history and distinctive heritage, which helped inspire generations. Local heritage is full of literature, values, customs, traditions, knowledge, fine arts and music, with all kinds of tangible and intangible elements, including architectural, natural, cultural and linguistic.

Artist Haifa says: I am attracted and inspired by the materials and tools that are used in our daily lives in my artworks, such as incense burners “mubhkar”, sprinklers, windows, doors and many more.

Recently, Haifa’s focus has been more on Qatari women’s clothing, jewelry and fabrics, with embroidery and engraving details in all these traditional clothing and jewelry because they were the source of inspiration in her modern works. This richness and diversity in the decorations and the colors of the fabrics inspired the artist and enriched her imagination in making models that have an extension of this beautiful heritage and presented them in a contemporary and innovative artistic style.

The audience can preview these details and meditate on the types of multi-colored decorations, which will lead the viewer, when contemplating and scrutinizing them, to a flash of old or childhood memory, in addition to the movement and ripples of the artwork that directly refer totraditional fabrics and cloths.

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