It is the product of vibrant modern influences – brave, unexpected, and with a global perspective. Yet its identity is also inextricably tied to its long history, tracing back to the Dilmun civilisation some five centuries back. This is what distinguishes Bahraini art – and what you will be able to see for yourself at Art Bahrain Across Borders – Legacy, an event held under the patronage of HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of HM the King and president of the Supreme Council for Women.
Says Kaneka Subberwal, founder of three year-old platform Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB): “The expression, medium, and themes of the artists are all different, but you always find an attachment to their roots in their work, a sense of pride. This is what gives their work integrity and dignity.”
She adds: “Losing one’s own essence is something that happens to even the best of people when faced with the demands and trends of bigger economies. Thus it is immensely encouraging that the Bahrain art scene has retained its essence, and you will find this unifying characteristic in each individual expression.” ArtBAB organises Bahrain Art Week exhibitions around the world – the most recent at the Grand Palais in Paris.
For the Singapore edition of Bahrain Art Week, visitors will be the first to view new works from 18 creatives, many of whom have staged shows in Europe and across the Middle East. These include Omar Al Rashid whose contemporary abstract pieces often feature iconic motifs from Islamic and Bahraini culture, and Taiba Faraj, who has modernised traditional calligraphy with her works on canvas and sculpture and which express emotions through form and colour rather than whole verses and poems.
Art Bahrain Across Borders – Legacy will be held from Oct 23 to 27 at Museum of Contemporary Arts, 27A Loewen Road, 10.30am to 7.30pm.