On Tuesday 28 November 2017, Majlis Studio hosted a special event celebrating the work of resident artists Ghada Da and Basmah Felemban.
Ghada Da’s multi-disciplinary fine art practice focuses mainly on performative sculpture and video installations. Her durational work is a journey of observation on the relationship of the body to space, its disconnect and prespectives. Allowing the sculptural body to live outside its organic system is at the core of her practice. She studied Fine Arts at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London.
Ghada investigates time’s visible landscape presented by the body and the spatial area in which the body exists as well as its invisible counter part; the psyche. Hence creating images that become psychological portraits of the identity of the human condition by an intentional mutation by design.
Her works are shown locally and internationally including: Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, Pon Ding Gallery Taiwan, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, Saatchi Gallery, London, Satellite Space, Dubai and Benetton Foundation, Treviso amongst others.
Ghada is currently completing an MFA in Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Basmah Felemban is a self-taught Graphic Designer who worked in various fields during and after graduating high school in 2011. Her first work “Jeem”, that was a transition from Design to Contemporary Art made its debut at the British Museum in 2012 as a sideshow to “Journey To The Heart of Islam: Hajj Exhibition."
In 2017 Basmah graduated with an MA in Islamic and Traditional Art from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. At such an early stage in her career, Basmah has exhibited in many international and local exhibitions such as Art Dubai, 21/39, contemporary art Istanbul, Venice Biennale, and Art Abu Dhabi.
In 2014 she won The Arab Women Awards in the “Young Talent” category, and then was invited to be on the judging panel the following year.
Driven by her experience as a young creative in Saudi, she puts supporting the local creative scene as a priority, from working in small startups to giving talks, workshops and her social media platforms.
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, known as ithra, is a one-of-a-kind institution that brings together multiple offerings under one roof. From arts and culture to science and innovation, this bold initiative by Saudi Aramco promises a continuous journey of enrichment designed to energize the next knowledge economy of Saudi Arabia.
ithra aims to make a positive and tangible impact on the cultural scene by focusing on building local talents in the knowledge and creative industries. Blending iconic architectural design with advanced technology, and unique learning methods with enriching programs, ithra is an infinitely inspiring platform for explorers, learners, creators, and leaders–a thriving hub of knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement.
As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strives to achieve its ambitious national development goals to transition to a knowledge-based economy, ithra acts as a bridge connecting cultures and cultivating a creative and innovative community.
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