x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Hazem Harb solo show to open in Jeddah

Paintings from the Al Baseera series by Hazem Harb that will be exhibited in Athr Gallery, Jeddah as of next week. CREDIT: Courtesy: Hazem Harb
Paintings from the Al Baseera series by Hazem Harb that will be exhibited in Athr Gallery, Jeddah as of next week. CREDIT: Courtesy: Hazem Harb

Tomorrow, Hazem Harb’s first solo exhibition in Saudi Arabia opens in Athr Gallery. Harb, a Palestinian artist from Gaza, has explored Islamic geometry through his Al Baseera series - where, as art historian Salwa Mikdadi says, “he utilises colour to evoke a sense of loss and turmoil”.

The title Al Baseera is derived from the Arabic word ‘basar’ which means looking as well as seeing through something, whether that be an object, an event or an idea. “In this exhibition, Harb invites the viewer to look deeply and reflectively, to admire art for arts sake to immerse oneself in the series of paintings that celebrate the aesthetics of geometry,” continues Mikdadi.

Harb completed the final series of this painting during a live art installation in Dubai last month. Working with his emotion and fascinated by the Sufi interpretation of geometrical abstraction, Harb wants to delve deeper into his own past and that of the world around him.

Athr Gallery have represented Harb for some time now and displayed his works We Used To Fly On Water in the centre of their booth at Art Dubai in March. The exhibition runs until June 30.

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