Hafez Gallery Exhibition

  • Rashed Al Shashai Brand, 2018 Light boxes and plastic cases of products 240 x 480 cm Courtesy of the artist and Hafez Gallery, Jeddah

Opening Date & Time: 9 October 2018, 18:00-20:00

Exhibition Dates & Time: 10 October – 4 November 2018, 10:00-20:00 (Monday closed)

Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Entrance free. 


/mun-wur/ noun

- An architectural feature, that usually pierces the roof of a building to allow daylight through 

- An opening that floods spaces with light

- A void which reveals the outside world

- A rupture in space. It frames a singular point of view.

Hafez Gallery will present a group show that focuses on Islamic art and includes works by Saudi and Saudi-based artists: Rashed AlShashai, Sara AlAbdali, Ali Chabaan, Khalid Zahid, Ahmed Keshta and Lulwah Al Homoud. All artists participating in this show present works about their own contemporary interpretations of the exhibition’s theme, with works in various media from calligraphy to illustration, mixed media and installation.


About Hafez Gallery 

Founded in 2014 in Jeddah. Hafez Gallery represents local, Middle Eastern and international artists. Hafez Gallery serves as a space to nurture the discovery of a Saudi visual identity, and participate in an international art dialogue. 


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About the Artists:

Born in Saudi Arabia, Lulwah Al Homoud currently lives and works between United Arab Emirates and England. She graduated with a major in Sociology from King Saud University in Riyadh and a Master’s degree from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Al Homoud is inspired by Islamic calligraphy and geometry. Her art is concerned with the inner veracity of everything - a deep look at creation and hidden rules that leads to the truth of existence, to find the static equilibrium in every substance and their dynamic interaction with one another. ‘The Language of Existence’ carries on this search by deconstructing the letters of the Arabic language by using a mathematical square to compose new codes for each letter. With these codes Al Homoud inscribed the 99 names of God. It is He; the source of Light, Knowledge and The Infinite; shining through the finite. 


Originating from the land of Hejaz, Sarah Al-Abdali born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1989 owes her inspiration to Hejazi culture which she feels a sense of responsibility towards, especially since the urban and ideological changes the region has gone through. Al-Abdali explores in Arab culture and Islamic philosophy, from graffiti to comic illustration and miniature painting.


Ali Cha’aban is Lebanese artist, born and raised in Kuwait and currently based in Jeddah. His work revolves around the notion of nostalgia and tackles socio-political issues such as Arabian identity. Ali presents a state of dystopia, using a process that carries influences from his background in advertising. He graduated with a degree in anthropology and enjoys being a pop-culture analyst and observer of cultures and traditions; his art seeks above all else to connect cultures.


Khalid Zahid uses different media as a language to reflect on multiple local social issues revolving around contemporary Saudi Arabia; where heritage remains the country’s backbone. He was born in London, UK and is based in Jeddah, where his work began with pop art and evolved more recently into a more conceptual direction with his use of objects and photography.


Saudi artist Rashed Al Shashai utilises found objects and appropriated imagery as conceptual means of identifying the signs of the everyday, creating what he describes as a ‘semantic field’ through which philosophical questions, primarily the purpose of human existence and the functions of society, can be explored. With playful forms, Al Shashai seeks to engage viewers with the signifiers of the mundane in order to facilitate a consideration of what might otherwise create tension, such as the omnipresence of media, a global descent into superficiality, and the growing epidemic of apathy that has come to define modern life.

Born in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia, in 1977, Rashed Al Shashai holds a Masters in Visual Arts and is a prominent figure of the contemporary Saudi art scene.  


Ahmed Keshta (Egypt, 1978) is an artist who represents the contemporary version of the archetypical Renaissance artist. He skillfully masters both, art and science, in works which seem to encapsulate the magic of alchemy and the universal order.

Keshta´s work is mostly autobiographical. Indeed, the abundance and variety of his personal experiences, together with his outstanding talent and observation skills allow him to create artworks whose extreme beauty thrills everyone regardless of their full understanding of the work. In fact, behind that innocent pulchritude lies an intricate meaning which just a few can decipher. Keshta felt and early calling for sculpture, which he deliberately tried to ignore by pursuing Interior Architecture studies at Cairo. Nevertheless, despite a brilliant academic career, that calling was so intense that he finally enrolled at Helwan University, Cairo, to study Applied Arts. Those studies took him to Europe, first to Germany, thanks to two fellowships by Goethe Institute, and then to Pietrasanta, Italy, where he learnt to carve granite from the great masters. His European tour finally led him to Andorra, where he now lives and works. It was there, amid the gorgeous natural landscapes that surround him daily, that his art has experimented a radical shift from the heaviness and severity of granite carving to the flimsiness and flexibility of deeply emotional installations made up of light and everyday materials