ATHR Exhibition

  • Hazem Harb, TAG 17, 2015, Courtesy ATHR, Jeddah
  • Letters: Fragments of a Memory
  • Letters: Fragments of a Memory
  • Letters: Fragments of a Memory
  • Letters: Fragments of a Memory

Date: 15 March – 15 April 2018
Time: 10:00-20:00 (Monday closed)
Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Entrance free.


"Letters: Fragments of a Memory"
As part of the extended exhibition programme initiated by Abu Dhabi Art that follows Galleries Week. Abu Dhabi Art and ATHR presented the exhibition "Letters: Fragments of a Memory". H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash's 'letters' to his young Muslim son in the book Letters To A Young Muslim served as the pivot around which artists responded in this latest exhibition by ATHR, Letters: Fragments of a Memory. Artists exhibiting in the show, with their work on sale and on loan, included Abdulkareem Qasem, Ahmed Mater, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Aya Haidar, Hazem Harb, Hajra Waheed, Joseph Rodriguez, Manal Al Dowayan, Moath Alofi, Muhannad Shono, Rund Alarabi, Rayyane Tabet, Saddek Wasil and Sara Rahbar.


About ATHR
Founded in 2009 by Hamza Serafi and Mohammed Hafiz, Athr is a Contemporary Art project space and gallery which enables artistic dialogue between contemporary artists across the world. Athr represents Middle Eastern and international artists. It provides a creative environment for artists and showcases international and Saudi contemporary art supported by extensive public programmes aimed at encouraging engagement with local audiences.
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Date: Thursday, 15 March 2018
Time: 19:00-20:10
Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Seats are free but registration required


Performance: "And Here I Am" by Ahmed Tobasi
Continuing the concept of memory explored in the ATHR exhibition: "Letters: Fragments of a Memory", Abu Dhabi Art brought the theatre performance “And Here I Am” to Abu Dhabi for the first time. The play was based on the personal recollections of Palestinian actor Ahmed Tobasi, who recreated an epic voyage of identity formation and self-discovery, And Here I Am followed the protagonist through his transformation from resistance fighter to artist, capturing key moments in his journey as a refugee from the West Bank to Norway and then back again. The performance was in Arabic with English subtitles.


About Ahmed Tobasi

Tobasi is an actor, director and educator with experience working in both Palestinian and international theatres. Born in Jenin refugee camp he grew up under Israeli occupation, until in 2002 at 16 he joined the armed resistance. He was arrested, spending four years in Israeli prison. Upon his release he decided to continue resistance through culture, embracing the idea that he could become an agent of change using the medium of theatre.

After two years training at The Freedom Theatre, Tobasi undertook further education in Norway at the Nordic Black Theatre. He joined their professional company where he performed in productions including Guantanamo What Now? Destination Africa, Journey to Identity. He also directed his own work.

In 2013 he returned to Jenin Refugee Camp and to The Freedom Theatre contributing to the local artistic movement which focussed on culture as a form of resistance. He recently performed in The Siege which toured Palestine and leading theatres across Britain, and starts to develop his own work.