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Project Space 12 Bouthayna Al-Muftah: Echoes

11 July - 10 September 2018

The work of Bouthayna Al-Muftah (b. 1987) interrogates stories and practices from Qatari cultural heritage by archiving collective memories and personal encounters using various artistic media including drawing, printmaking and installation.

Echoe​s is a prolongation of Al-Muftah’s ongoing research on the recollection of memories and stories that she documents as a continuous autobiography based on personal encounters and family stories.

In this artistic experiment, she distinctively reflects on the rapid social and cultural changes that have taken place in her surroundings in a short period of time. Al-Muftah utilizes the space to evoke shared local memories and question current local cultural practices visibly influenced by technology with an ever growing focus on individualism. In order to highlight this challenging topic the artist contextualizes the lyrical traditional game ‘tag ‘tag ‘tagya*’ and deconstructs its forms to redefine cultural narratives, offering a symbolic experience in a space in which the past and the present intersect.

The artistic process and methodology are prominently prioritized in this space. This is exaggerated by integrating different materials to the project, such as sound, wall mirrors and canvas floor, through which the artist interrogates the perception and the use of traditional collective stories in the context of the contemporary.

* ‘tag ‘tag ‘tagya is the first phrase of a song used in a traditional group game played by boys and girls from different parts of the Arabian Gulf.

About the Artist

Bouthayna Al-Muftah (b.1987 Tunis) is a Qatari artist. She received her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, Qatar in 2010. Upon her graduation, Al-Muftah focused her artistic practice on printmaking, typography, and drawing which evolved into multiple mixed media installations. To reconstruct past experiences into contemporary settings, Al-Muftah often finds folkloric characters and stories and transforms them into her own artistic projects.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, founded in 2010, is situated in Education City in Qatar Foundation (QF), in a renovated former school building. QF is led by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Mathaf is part of Qatar Museums, led by H.E. Sheikha al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Portrait of Bouthayna Al-Muftah, 2016. Photographed by Jan Clos
Portrait of Bouthayna Al-Muftah, 2016. Photographed by Jan Clos
Drawing from Echoes (sketch of Tag Tag Tagiya installation), 2018, ink on paper, 22 x 30 cm
Drawing from the series 'Traditional Games', 2018, ink on paper, 22 x 30 cm
Drawing from the series 'Traditional Games', 2018, ink on paper, 22 x 30 cm
Drawing from 'Al Hiya Biya' series, 2017, ink on paper, 15 x 21 cm
Drawing from 'Al Hiya Biya' series, 2017, ink on paper, 15 x 21 cm

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