Qatar art events. Artist Mohammad Abou El Naga at Katara Cultural Village: “Woven Relations.” Building 5, Doha, Ad Dawhah 22899 QATAR. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 pm.
While standing before a 19th Century Iranian carpet exhibited behind glass, Mohammad Abou El Naga began to contemplate the connections between the reflected layers of his image, which were imposed on the glass that separated the carpet from him.
At this moment he realized that the woven object could be understood as a symbol of the Islamic-Persian civilization. The carpet was indexical of its time and place, carrying with it the presence of its creators whose skilled craftsmanship employed long hours of extensive manual labor.
It was at that moment of literal reflection on the glass’s surface that Abou El Naga felt an uninhibited unison with the object. He began investigating these interconnections between the carpet and its reflections by photographing a number of subjects in front of it. His aim being to represent what, to him, was an ideal culture, one where the woven fragments exist or are created.
The explorations of the artworks featured in Woven Relations as a result open a wider cultural, human, and civilizational dimension. This illuminates regions of aesthetic and productive human cooperation, which for Abou El Naga, is represented most strongly in the image of the carpet and the reflection imposed upon it.
**Katara is a cultural village in Doha, located on the eastern coast between West Bay and the Pearl and spread over 1,000,000 square meters. A very beautiful interesting place.