BIN MATAR HOUSE
26 April 2015
Memory of the Place
4:00pm to 7:00pm
The Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research is pleased to present the exhibition Global Warming, by Saudi artist Faisal Samra. After Samra’s very recent exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery in London, Dubai and Jeddah, this is the first exhibition by the artist in Bahrain since 2010.
Long considered a leading Arab artist and pioneer of conceptual art in the Middle East, Faisal Samra’s oeuvre spans painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. Always one to break with conventions, the human body is central to Samra’s work as he explores existentialist and political themes and questions the status quo and our perception of ourselves. Combining three recent projects in painting, installation and video, the current exhibition aims to provoke individual reflection and engagement by contrasting the phenomenon of global warming with recent regional events. Curated by the artist himself, this new juxtaposition of independently created projects and artworks heightens their underlying meaning and asks the audience to examine their significance and interpretation in a new framework.
The three different projects that comprise this exhibition – Arab Spring, an installation with inflated balloons delicately hovering over grave-like mounds, Schizophrenia, paintings with a perpetually shifting image and perspective, and Hatred, a video installation featuring the burning of our most basic food, bread, to ashes – ask the question of the inevitability of our actions, our rationality and the question of whether we can be self aware enough to change the course of our actions.