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    Jassim Zaini: Representation and Abstraction

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    Jassim Zaini: Representation and Abstraction

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    Jassim Zaini: Representation and Abstraction

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    Jassim Zaini: Representation and Abstraction

17 Oct 2018 – 16 Feb 2019 

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

This exhibition explores the artistic vision of Jassim Zaini (1943-2012 Doha), and examines two formal creative directions adopted by the artist between 1967 and 2012. The first section presents Zaini’s representational work, which he refers to as ‘advanced realism’, and interprets the changing reality in his local environment by highlighting social and familial relationships, cultural heritage, and the process of modernisation. His experiments in abstraction reveal a unique conceptual language in which Zaini captures ideas, objects and moments in time that intrigue him.

Zaini’s work is a reflection of a significant era in the history of Qatar as his art captures the changes brought about by the exploitation of oil and the formation of a nation state from the 1950s to the 1970s. This period witnessed the rapid social, cultural and economic transformation of life, which Zaini attempts to document and respond to in images evoking inspirational details from the past and present of a developing country at emotional junctures.