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Mathaf Collection: SUMMARY PART 2 is accessible to the public. Tickets are free of charge through July 2020. Visitors are required to reserve tickets in advance. During this initial phase, public programs, group tours and special events are cancelled.

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International Collaborations

• Our world is burning at Palais de Tokyo – Paris is an exhibition conceived in collaboration with MATHAF from 21 February – 13 September 2020

Photo from “Our World is Burning” © Palais de Tokyo featuring Sammy Baloji, Untitled, 2018

Spring/Summer 2020 Exhibitions  

24 March – 30 November 2020 Currently closed until further notice

• Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat  

• Huguette Caland: Faces and Places

• Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960-2020

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Mathaf Talk: Asmaa al-Issa on ‘palm navigation’ .

Moderated by Lina Ramadan
DATE: 20 MAY 2020
TIME: 09:00PM-10:00PM

ornamentations series 2, 2019. Wood embroidery hoop, washi paper, graphite, gold thread, glass beads. 15cm diameter

Artist Asmaa al-Issa speaks about her project ‘palm navigation’. The talk explores al-Issa’s artistic and research and practice that is centered on the notion of patterns within spiritual and cultural experiences. Sharing a selection of sculptures, installations and photographs, al-Issa highlights the sources of inspiration of: visiting hundun's territory (2017), land of many rivers (burlap) (2019) and ornamentations (2019)  

Portrait photo is by Reza Rezai

Asmaa al-Issa (b.1991, Baghdad) holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary studies from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, CA (2017), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary, CA (2013). In 2018, she received a teaching fellowship at VCUArts, Qatar where she was also an artist in residence. Al-issa’s work engages her lived experiences with the land, materials, and people around her. She continually builds on her knowledge of materials, traditions, philosophies, theories, and histories of the Middle East, while developing her practice as an artist and educator. Al-Issa is currently based in Calgary, CA.