Letters by ATHR

  • Letters Exhibition
  • Letters Exhibition

 Letters by ATHR 

Dates: 14 November 2018 - 26 January 2019

Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat


 “When you think of Islam as a great and rich tradition, with a presence and roots across the globe, you feel proud. You are able to see that your religion, the religion of Allah, has a global presence. You think how remarkable it is that from the efforts of the Prophet Mohammed and his small group of early followers, a global religion has grown”
-Omar Ghobash

Omar Saif Ghobash’s book ‘‘Letters to a Young Muslim’’ is comprised of 28 letters written by the author to his son Saif.
Thoughtful reflections on issues spanning religion, culture and individual moral responsibility, are woven together into what will no doubt serve, one day, as a family heirloom for his son. Stitch by stich, each letter binds together a precious wisdom for him. The courage to question everyday assumptions, to find a meaningful way to be true to one’s roots yet also a global citizen, are addressed to Saif, but they also indirectly address a far wider audience; that of a younger generation of Muslims globally. To this broad audience the author speaks of an empowering history of Islam, one overflowing with scholars, philosophers, architects and scientists, enlightened Muslim voices that stand virulently against the mounting influence of hardline clerics competing for the minds of the next generation. His outlook is shared in diverse ways by the 28 artists whose works have been chosen for this exhibition. The bringing together of works by artists from both the U.A.E. and K.S.A. is in itself a gentle questioning of borders and highlights common human experience whilst resonating closely with the broader concepts that the book explores. The themes explored in the book and throughout this exhibition are:
Fragments of a Memory
Youth and the Other
Dual Landscapes
Probable Questions
The Power of Language
The Grey Area


Participating Artists: 
Abdullah Al-Othman
Abdulnasser Gharem
Abdulkarim Kassem
Ahaad Al-Amoudi
Ahmed Mater
Aya Haidar
Ayman Yossri Daydban
Ayman Zedani
Dana Awartani
Manal Al-Dowayan
Moath Al-Ofi
Muhannad Shono
Jowhara Al-Saud
Nasser Al-Salem
Sara Abdu
Sami Al Turki

Alaa Edriss
Ammar Al Attar
Ebtisam Abdulaziz
Hind Mezaina
Lamya Gargash
Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim
Mohammed Kazem
Reem Falaknaz
Rokni Hairizaideh
Salama Nasib
Sarah Al Agroobi
Shamma Al Amri
Tala Worrell
Vikram Divecha
Zeynab Al-Hashemi