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December 2013


Sea by Hala Al Khalifa

Posted October 1, 2013 by artBahrain in Openings

Bin Matar House
Muharraq, Bahrain
27 October – 30 November 2013

Video Art ©Hala Al Khalifa

Video Art ©Hala Al Khalifa

The Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture and Research opens its 2013/14 season with “Sea” an exhibition that presents Hala Al Khalifa’s latest works consisting of installation and video. In this body of work, the artist explores the legacy of pearl diving, and the rich yet dangerous relationship that was the life line for many families living on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. The dome mesh or the fish trap takes another form in which a conceptual re-interpretation takes it to another level, becoming a metaphor of entrapment.

This show is a tribute and a memorial for our ancestors who lost their lives at the sea and the legacy and heritage of pearl diving.

About Hala Al Khalifa

Born in London and raised in Bahrain, Al Khalifa is now based in Doha where she works at QMA in the Public Arts department while she develops alongside her work as an artist. After receiving a joint BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University of Boston, Massachusetts, she returned to Bahrain and joined the art department at the Bahrain University and continued her education to receive an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts at University College London.

Early in her career Al Khalifa had several solo shows in Bahrain, and later participated in numerous solo and group shows in London, Egypt, Kuwait, Sharjah, Tunisia and Qatar. Al Khalifa’s works are influenced by the names of the masters of contemporary Arab art and by her own views on life and experiences, she uses different mediums to express her artistic language.

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