Artists from across the globe are gathering as we speak. What for? To illustrate the kaleidoscopic world of contemporary Islamic art.
The highly anticipated 22nd edition of the Sharjah Islamic Art Festival, hosting 108 artists from 31 countries and showcasing a hefty 241 works of art, has kicked off at the Sharjah Art Museum.
Under the theme ‘Prospect’, this year’s edition is hinged on the practice of imagination; something that can evoke undiscovered journeys and realms.
Organised by the Sharjah Department of Culture under the patronage of the emirate's Ruler, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the festival will showcase more than 50 exhibitions throughout the emirate, including the Sharjah Art Museum, Al Majaz Waterfront, and Maraya Art Centre.
Among the hero contributors sits Emirati artist Moza Matter, whose work centres around the act of making du’aa; a prayer to Allah, and Syrian-American artist Mohamed Hafez, with his artistic recollection of childhood memories in Syria.
- The festival will run until 21 January 2020. Find more information here.