BIN MATAR HOUSE
Where Shall We Sit?
26 November 2016
16 October 2016 - 7:00pm
Memory of the Place
4:00pm to 7:00pm
“Where Shall We Sit” is a celebration of the artistic spirit through the joyful works of Mohamed Sharkawi. With works on canvas, murals, video and installation, the artist examines the need for respite and belonging in these times of uncertainty.
On the exhibition
The title of the exhibition references the innate need of human beings to for social but also emotional belonging, especially in times of uncertainty and flux. Referencing his native village in Egypt, Sharkawy recalls a simple and joyful childhood – a childhood spent close to nature and with simple comforts, where gatherings of friends and village members were held in the cool shade of palm trees. This sense of comfort and security is what the artist remembered very vividly when he spent the summer of 2016 at home to Egypt with his family.
In his newest work in this exhition, Sharkawy reduces his usually exuberant color palette to just simple black, and white, with blue and red accents. The result is a somewhat more sombre mood, reflecting the artist’s current state of mind.
The exhibition will showcase artworks by the artist as works on canvas, murals and video.