Following the last issue of Selections, Frequently Asked Questions in Art, we continue our quest to analyse what surrounds us in the art world. However, this time, for our 21 Artists and a Biennial issue, we take you backstage to expose you to the world of research in the 21st century. Because the most important part of our work is research, we analyse both the material we receive and what we find, basing ourselves on today’s most common search tools: online search engines, online encyclopaedia, social media, carefully written press releases, email exchanges with the artist’s gallery and the artist him/herself. After laying down the information we’ve gathered onto our pages, we invite you to make your own analysis.
Beirut-based, Syrian artist.
Born in the AlBukamal area in Deir el Zor, in 1959.
The Euphrates River runs through his town,
with its history heavily impacting him.
Al-Hamid graduated from the
Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus
University, in 1986. He is a member
of the Arabs Artists Associations
and Journalistic Associations and
has had an impressive 22 solo
exhibitions in Syria, Lebanon,
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE,
Kuwait, Japan and Venezuela.
AL-HAMID CALLS HIMSELF A “MOTIF” ARTIST.
HE DESCRIBES A “MOTIF” AS A DRAWING USED TO EXPLAIN/ DESCRIBE A POEM OR A LITERARY EXTRACTION.
VENICE BIENNALE – IBRAHIM AL-HAMID
LOCATION: San Servolo Island, Venice Chiesetta della Misericordia
“With their participation in Syrian Civilisation is Still Alive, the invited artists embrace the dialogical dimension of their works beyond national borders” “Ibrahim Al-Hamid is inired by local traditions” “His paintings refle the heritage of the Eastern Region, eecially the Euphrates” – Kahtan Al Tala’
A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PRINT IN SELECTIONS, 21 ARTISTS AND A BIENNIAL #49, PAGES 74-78.