Overview participating exhibitions

Metropolis
2011

Metropolis

Anas Al-Shaikh

Death of Landscape (Bahrein, 2007)

In a small space like that of the island nation of Bahrain, frenetic construction has a great effect on the environment. The natural space, both horizontal and vertical, is drastically reduced. Reminders of a history full of individuals and communities of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds are erased by advancing modernity. Despite utopian promises, the new history is not being made by and for the people, but tailored to the needs of authorities who have little feeling for the desires of the people. In the meantime, says Anas Al-Shaikh, everyone must adapt psychologically to the daily visual shocks of the new geography.

  • Death of Landscape

    Bahrein, 2007

  • Death of Landscape

    Bahrein, 2007

  • Death of Landscape

    Bahrein, 2007

  • Death of Landscape

    Bahrein, 2007

  • Death of Landscape

    Bahrein, 2007

Nazar - Arab eyes
2004

Nazar - Arab eyes

Anas Al-Shaikh

MEMORY OF MEMORIES (2001)

The installation MEMORY OF MEMORIES, made in an old garage in the Bahrain’s capital Manama, is a collage of personal and collective memories. In it Anas Al-Shaikh incorporates the dream he had as a child of a tree on which bananas, pears and grapes were all growing, that he interpreted as a symbol for doing things differently. He also incorporates masculine and feminine freedoms, and also photographs of armaments, which are reminders of the many wars in the Arab world, such as those between Iraq and Iran and Israel and Palestine. Anas Al-Shaikh visualises his sense of powerlessness in a photograph of four Arab men in front of a wall. ‘In our world we are not permitted to develop our own visions, ideas and skills,’ says the artist. ‘We are not permitted to decide what we will believe in.’

  • MEMORY OF MEMORIES (2001)

    The installation MEMORY OF MEMORIES, made in an old garage in the Bahrain’s capital Manama, is a collage of personal and collective memories. In it Anas Al-Shaikh incorporates the dream he had as a child of a tree on which bananas, pears and grapes were all growing, that he interpreted as a symbol for doing things differently. He also incorporates masculine and feminine freedoms, and also photographs of armaments, which are reminders of the many wars in the Arab world, such as those between Iraq and Iran and Israel and Palestine. Anas Al-Shaikh visualises his sense of powerlessness in a photograph of four Arab men in front of a wall. ‘In our world we are not permitted to develop our own visions, ideas and skills,’ says the artist. ‘We are not permitted to decide what we will believe in.’

  • MEMORY OF MEMORIES (2001)

  • MEMORY OF MEMORIES (2001)

  • MEMORY OF MEMORIES (2001)

  • MEMORY OF MEMORIES (2001)

Biography

Anas Al-Shaikh (Bahrain, 1968) studied architecture in Jordan and works as a photographer, video artist, graphic designer and freelance curator. In addition he writes for cultural journals and newspapers. His work is included in public collections in Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, France and The Netherlands. 

Website Al-Shaikh

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Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 17,50

Nazar

Nazar

Price EUR 15,00