Letters by ATHR

  • Muhannad Shono, Children of Yam, 2016, Videowork, Courtesy of the artist and ATHR
  • Ammar Al Attar, Deformation Black, Courtesy of the artist and Cuadro Fine Art Gallery

Letters by ATHR

14 November 2018 - 26 January 2019

“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


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