20 November to 15 January 2020
QØDE Art Space is pleased to announce that it is inviting Syrian artists now based in the UAE, Alaa Sharabi (1988) and Juhayda Al Bittar (1991) to exhibit their new work jointly for the first time as a married couple in Amman, Jordan in ‘Material Resilience’.
‘Material Resilience’ is an exploration of how individuals cope with feelings of loss, grief, fear and exile; transitioning and falling through the stages of life. During the transition, the past and the present overlap; the period of creative exploration triggers old memories and imposes questions for the future.
QØDE hopes that the exhibition will become a storytelling mechanism where artists can share their reflections with wider audiences, and aims to bring together young emerging artists from the Middle East to showcase their talent and consequently, their voices.
In this year’s iteration of the exhibition, both artists will correspond to the theme of ‘Material Resilience’ by bringing their own self-reflections and experiences to the exhibition through the
medium of painting and printmaking.
Sharabi and AlBiitar are united by the different ways they choose to reflect on a lived experience somewhere in-between. That transition bears the potential for them to navigate through the unknown and becomes a playing field for nostalgia, hyper-recollection and speculation that result in an attempt to reconcile with nature and the universe.
Art, therefore, becomes a refuge, a catalyst for hope, and a dialogue between ‘X’ and ‘Y’ who have moved from one country to another, from a singular to a plural state, and from realism to abstraction.
Alaa Sharabi graduated with a Masters of Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 2015. With an experimental period now over, his work favors the large-scale and represents an intersection between two worlds; painting and printmaking. The implementation of printmaking techniques directly onto the canvas provides a physical materiality that the artist enjoys. The overlapping of techniques allows the artist to countenance the possibilities of etching and painting, demonstrating a state of confusion as to the future of humanity and civilisations to come.
Juhayda AlBittar holds a Masters degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 2017. Her spontaneous yet delicate brush strokes translate the experiences and the memories of different times and spaces. Abstraction transforms the artist’s canvas into an emotional outlet, where her colourful palette decodes mixed feelings of nostalgia, hope and a deep-felt connection with nature. The artist’s lyricism conveys her philosophy of achieving self-transcendence through tapping into one’s subconscious and listening to our senses.
Founded in 2013, QØDE is a Jordan-based art space investing in and working with some of the Middle East’s most talented emerging artists to provide a platform for their growth and development. QØDE hosts and curates international exhibitions, acts as an agency for up-and-coming artists and provides art-consultancy and market research focusing on contemporary art from the region.
The exhibition will take place at QØDE Art Space, which is located on 8 Yousef Asfour Street, First Circle, Amman.
For further information please contact:
QØDE Art Space
+962 79 5210 237