Posted on January 21, 2019

Qatari artist Ahmed Nooh opened his first solo exhibition titled Traces of Life, which was completed as part of his Fire Station Paris Residency rotation at the renowned Cité internationale des Arts in Paris.

Held under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Paris Residency is an extension of Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme in Doha and takes one talented Qatari artist to Paris for a three-month stint.

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Ahmed opened his exhibition on Monday with a public talk, which gave attendees an opportunity to speak with the artist about his inspirations and artistic process. The accompanying exhibition, which is open to the public from January 22 to February 12, showcases works in which Ahmed experiments with abstracting different materials. The start of the process for creating the pieces involved burning books as a commentary on the vanishing practice of reading physical books in today’s society. Burning books has historically been a way to condemn social, political and cultural oppositions. Yet, through transfiguring the burnt material, the artist recognizes the value of these books, in hopes of shedding light on reading as a positive aspect of human development.

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Khalifa Al-Obaidly, Director of the Fire Station, said: “We first exhibited Ahmed’s work as part of the Fire Station Artist in Residence exhibition last summer and received some fantastic feedback. His pieces struck a chord with the public and we were eager to see where he can take his vision given the chance to work alongside other creatives from around the world in Paris. The final product is a unique perspective and social commentary which is sure to spark interesting conversation among visitors to the exhibition.” Ahmed has been a member of the Visual Arts Center in Katara for four years. He is also a member of the Souq Waqif Center for Fine Arts, as well as the Qatar Fine Arts Association in Katara.

Qatari artists are welcome to apply to this residency through the Open Calls page on the Fire Station website Follow @dohafirestation for information on the Fire Station’s latest programmes and events.