This week I had the pleasure of taking my Typography 2 class to see the Letters of Light Exhibition (Hurouf Al Noor) at the joint Gallery & Studio Tashkeel. The meaning of tashkeel التشكيل is “forming” or “shaping” and the gallery aims to form a community of artists from different nationalities, mediums and skill levels. Tashkeel provides opportunities for artist workshops, exhibitions and lectures for both University students and professionals alike. It is equipped with a dark room, jewellery workstations, printmaking and silk screen studio, textile printing, 3d workshops, large format digital printing and Macs with the latest creative software.
Project Coordinator and graphic designer, Khalid Mezaina, took our group on a tour of the studio space(s) and facilities, along with the Hurouf Al Noor exhibition.
The current exhibition Hurouf Al Noor presents a wide range of creative approaches to contemporary Arabic calligraphy on both the visual and semantic levels.
The five artists from across the Arab world included in the exhibition are eL Seed from Tunisia, Khalifa Al Shimy from Egypt, Saleh Al Shukairi from the Sultanate of Oman, Majid Alyousef, Wissam Shawkat from Iraq.
This popular piece amongst our class is titled “Only the Ephemeral Lasts” created by el Seed from acrylic and wood.
Alia was drawn to Majid Alyousef painting titled “Dialogue with Mondrian” saying that it reminded her of an Arabic version of the graphic design work created during the Bauhaus movement.
Dana enjoyed the work of Wissam Shawkat whose series of prints focused on the idea of love (this piece is titled “Love 4”).
If you’ve not yet visited, I recommend stopping by. The exhibition will last until 26th October.