The five-week show will feature cartoons, paintings and drawings by Emirati and expatriate artists
Animation exhibition coming to Al Qattara Arts Centre in Al Ain
Al Ain's Al Qattara Arts Centre will be the place to be when its Comic Craze Exhibition launches on September 14.
The show will feature the work of local anime, manga and cartoon artists will go on display until October 19.
Cartoons, paintings and drawings by 22 Emirati and expatriate artists and animators will showcase the imprint of Japanese animation on those who call the UAE home.
Animation will include Khalid Bin Hamad’s sci-fi anime action series, Empire of N, whose Emirati hero can launch a knockout kick even while wearing a starched, fitted kandora.
An animated film by Khalid Mahmood on Hag Al Leila, the night children celebrate the coming of Ramadan in the lunar month before the holy month of prayer and fasting.
Delicate comic book paintings by Moza Al Hamrani will also be displayed.
The exhibition is to be run by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
“The Comic Craze exhibition represents our commitment to nurture the creative minds of emerging artists, curators and the young generation that use different methods of art that are more contemporary to speak to a new era of audiences,” says Sumayya Al Suwaidi, the community events manager at TCA Abu Dhabi in a statement.
“We will continue to provide support, resources, and platforms that will encourage and strengthen art practices and talents in the UAE across traditional and more contemporary genres.”
Manga and anime have long been popular with UAE artists. Japanese cartoons dubbed into Arabic like Captain Tsubasa and Case Closed, better known locally as Captain Majid and Conan the Detective, established Japanese animation as a part of everyday Gulf life in the 1980s and 1990s.