Speaker urges students to ‘delve deep’ into Arab art

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Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi speaks during the Oct. 10 presentation (AUS PHOTO)

By Salama Al Mahri

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH — Modern Arab art reflects and influences its sociopolitical atmosphere, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, founder of Barjeel Art Foundation and member of American University of Sharjah Board of Trustees, told an audience Oct. 10.

A columnist, art collector and researcher on social, political, and cultural affairs in the Arab Gulf states, Al Qassimi’s presentation, titled “A Look into Social Dimensions of Modern Arab Art,” was held in a packed theater in the main building, on Oct. 10. 

He stressed that every painting conveyed a statement about the general sentiment during its period. 

According to Al Qassemi, many are familiar with western art and artists but remain clueless about middle eastern ones. 

“I urge every AUS student to delve deep into the seen and unseen art of the Arab world,” he added.

He stated some modern Arab works also highlighted the political climate in other parts of the world.