Reminiscing Kuwait II: A Tale of a Country|By Ali Sultan & Hamad Al Saab

Both a celebration of and a requiem to Kuwait’s past, Ali Sultan & Hamad Al Saab’s Reminiscing Kuwait II reads like a story which has prematurely reached it’s happy ever after in the sixties and witnessed a steady decline ever since. I do, however, also think it’s a story of hope. Although my first impression when I walked in was one of pleasant shock, almost like a buzz, faced by two walls displaying primary-colored minimalistic paintings, it was the central piece, The Distracted Path, which held my attention. And the funny thing is, this piece wasn’t in the center at all.

It’s the only one of its kind at the gallery, save another which isn’t as cacophonic and includes the stitching only in one part. It’s such a turbulent piece that the rest of the exhibition feels like calm waters after swimming out of a terrible stretch of rapids.

The exhibition is up at the Sultan Gallery until tomorrow afternoon.

the distracted path. the show really starts off with this piece. it’s not an easy work of art to look at. ali explained that the work represents two periods in kuwait’s life: the past and the present. underneath are newspaper clippings from the 60s celebrating kuwait’s economic and cultural boom. the thread symbolizes the destruction of these dreams, broken and black. the video shows ali working on the piece by systematic construction and destruction

i love the screws here. they’re not nails, which make the whole experience even more jarring

charmaine taming ayesha al marta in the back room. this video can only be described as samry meets groovy

if we had a metro system, i can imagine these works there. we need a metro system

love, love, love this. if you don’t manage to go to the exhibition, try to at least get a copy of the catalog

5 Comments on “Reminiscing Kuwait II: A Tale of a Country|By Ali Sultan & Hamad Al Saab”

  1. The show was until the late afternoon – which unfortunately didn’t meet well with my schedule.
    I will email about the catalog in a bit~ I’m sure it’s going to be amusing.

    Thank you for your time!

  2. thank you Ghada
    reading such comment coming from you is beyond honor
    i am sorry that i missed you by few minutes when you were at the exhibition and so happy that you liked it

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