Pearls of Wonder: a digital era' held as part of Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture

pearl monument - Doha

pearl monument - Doha

Qatar Museums has concluded 'Pearls of Wonder: a digital era', an immersive digital art exhibition exploring Qatar’s rich history of pearling through the lens of young Qatari artists working today.

The exhibition, which was on view at the contemporary art space in New York, Lavan541, from December 14 to 19, was curated by Qatar Museums’ curator of Contemporary Art, Dr Bahaa Abudaya, as part of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture, an annual international cultural exchange designed to deepen understanding between nations and their people.
Through new work of five Qatari artists, 'Pearls of Wonder: a digital era' transported visitors on a journey back in time when Qatar was one of the largest pearl producers in the world. The audience had the opportunity to explore the significant role natural pearls played in shaping the economic history of the region as well as the nation’s culture and traditions.
The artists - Mohamed Faraj al-Suwaidi, Maryam al-Homaid, Alanoud al-Buainain, May Almannai and Saida Alkhulaif - are alumni of Qatar Museums’ Fire Station, a contemporary art space committed to supporting artists through its Artist in Residence programme, as well as engaging the local communities through events, exhibitions, and public art.
“We are thrilled to have brought the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture programme to a close with the innovative exhibition, 'Pearls of Wonder: a digital era',” said Aisha al-Attiya, director of the Cultural Diplomacy Department, Qatar Museums. “By celebrating such a pivotal time in Qatar’s development through digital installations crafted by local artists, we can share this important part of our heritage with others in the United States. Telling these stories in such a captivating way allows visitors to learn more about Qatar, and its incredible history, in a new and immersive way.”

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