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.
B. 1967, Bahrain
Documentary photographer & artist
LUCIE DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR (2006)
AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE’S
IMAGE OF THE
YEAR AWARD (2007)
GOLDEN LIGHTS AWARD FOR TRAVEL (2006).
I am a Muslim.
But first and foremost, I am a human being.
A graduate of two of New York’s premier arts institutions, Parsons School of Design and the International Center of Photography’s documentary program.
FARIDA is a series she’s
been working on in the
past few years inspired
by the late great Mexican
artist, Frida Kahlo. Medium
ALMITRA WAS SPECIFICALLY CREATED
FOR THE SHOW KAHLIL GIBRAN, A GUIDE FOR OUR TIMES WHICH WAS EXHIBITED AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON
‘AlMitra’, 2018, Ed 1/7
– Photomontage on
Fine Art rag paper
111.76 x 91.44. Image
courtesy the artist.
“History recycles, and the more
knowledge and experience we get
from others helps mold us into
who we become.”
Her works include:
The Dark Ages. a series that was inspired by religion. Medium, photomontage Nashalism is a dress she made for a show in Kuwait called Women in War in conjunction with the Red Cross
PROJECT MIGRATION IMAGES ARE COURTESY OF THE
ARTIST AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART/NGA IMAGES
Project Migration is a blend
of reality and unreality… it’s the start of a very recent endeavour where she takes portraits of migrant workers and then superimposes them onto royalty-free art.
“With death comes life and with birth comes rebirth…
On this year of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci, I believe that
nothing is more therapeutic than reinventing oneself. In Art, I believe.” Ghada Khunji, Sunday, May 12, 2019
The Word Whisperer
I was inspired by Ibrahim Al Arrayed’s nostalgic study. Hanging there humbly on awooden coat rack is his bisht. I have created a unique piece of tapestry shadowing its design, and in particular the framed calligraphy of Ayat al Nur in the Koran that graces its wall. The bisht, a traditional cloak for men, is a symbol of prestige, almost reminiscent of a graduation gown, echoing knowledge gained. On a more personal level, it embodies the sense of the elder, the father who protects and looks over his home and family. This tapestry looms in the courtyard, reflecting the tiles below and the sun above, hanging gracefully between the past and the future with flowing words in between. Ibrahim Al Arrayed… watching over this beautiful melting pot of a nation, being Bahrain’s literary world wide web, translating and fusing cultures, sharing knowledge, understanding and civility to its best.
Khunji’s photographs are known for documenting both landscapes and people from all over the world and the inherent dignity of the human element.
FROM THE ARTIST’S DOCUMENTARY
PHOTOGRAPHY (ALL IMAGES ARE
COURTESY OF THE ARTIST)
VENICE BIENNALE – Ghada kHUNJI
Location: Arsenale Nord – Tesa 113, Venice
Ghada Ghunji, FARIDA VII, hanging at The Wait, the ultimate homage to her beloved
mother who recently passed away. Photo by Gianmaria De Luca. ©DRAGO