“I wish I was a Dove on a Spar..” is an exploration of a unique moment of transition where we are far enough to look back at our learned pasts and close enough to contemplate on our possible futures, a crossroads between retrospection and anticipation. Artists are invited to use their art as a worldmaking tool to actively imagine unfolding times. They are encouraged to learn from the layers of collective memory and narratives embedded in the urban fabric, to actively reflect on our city, environment, society, and through their creations make new meanings for human encounters on intimate and public scales. As we stand on the precipice of change, we look onto art as a means for active reflection, urging us to engage with the city as observers and active participants. The city, acting as a mirror, reflects our individual and collective selves, and prompts us to ponder on how we as inhabitants shape the urban landscape and how it in turn shapes us. Artists are encouraged to decipher the language of our city, conversing with it in a behavioral, visual, sensorial and sonic sense. The city hence becomes a dynamic space where imagining, meaning-making, feeling, and reflecting converge. Through this active exploration, artists can bring forth creations that actively mold narratives of our shared futures, rooted in the wisdom of our pasts that resonate with the evolving language of our city.
Exhibition opens on Thursday, December 14th, at Amarat Ali Rashed Fakhro (1), Pearling Path, Muharraq.