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15 September 2013

[UN]stitched | Lomar's First Contemporary Art Exhibition

Her Highness Princess Ameera Al-Taweel & Lomar's Founder Mr. Loai Naseem

Lomar Thobe took the initiative to lead again but this time in the art field as they opened their project [UN]stitched, a contemporary art exhibition with the participation of 10 talented local artists. Ayman Zedani, Dania Al-Saleh, Heba Farahat, Khalid Oraij, Marwah AlMogait, Nawaf bin Saud, Noorah Kareem, Nouf Al-Semari, Saad bin Mohammed & Soraya Darwish who is also an organizer in Onqoud, together with Lomar they joined forces to create an event that celebrate our culture. About the exhibition the organizers said "The new generation of contemporary artists challenges the boundaries stitched deep into the skin of our society by subtly loosening them one stitch at a time.  [Un]stitched is an initiative created and organized by Lomar reaches out to the community of passionate art appreciators, collectors, and artists to be part of the process. [Un]stitched puts the spotlight on Thobe as an important part of Saudi culture and heritage, and as an artistic subject". We were able to interview some of the artists to ask them about their participation in this event, art work & more...
by Ayman Zedani


[UN]stitched Opening Night
by Artist Saad Bin Mohammed
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- Introduce your self to our readers?
I'm Saad Bin Mohammed, primarily  a writer & partially a Painter.

- What kind of arts do you produce?
I mainly do old school painting/technique (usually oil on canvas) with ideas that I can't put in words as a writer, and each idea have one chance only to appear in a single painting.

- What does your participation in this exhibition mean to you?
It's a nice thing to be part of Lomar's 1st group exhibition.

- How can our readers find you in the social media?
Twitter: @SaadMSA - Facebook: TheMyOwnMe - Instagram: The_MyOwnMe
by Artist Dania S. Alsaleh

- Introduce your self to our readers?
I am an Art enthusiast .. A novice  artist...Shapes, colors and lines fascinate me. After graduating university and starting a family, I spent my free time reading about painting and taking as much courses as I can learning to draw correctly and paint. Although I love oil painting, my first love is watercolor.

- What kind of arts do you produce?
For now, I work mainly with watercolors it has such a translucent, luminescence feel to it. I compose Islamic geometry designs, then paint them using color schemes that are not necessary traditional.

- What does your participation in this exhibition mean to you?
It has been such an exciting experience. Being chosen to participate is a huge joy, and having Onqoud curating  the event made it such an easy process.

- How can our readers find you in the social media?
Facebook: Dania S. Alsaleh     Instagram: Daniaton
from left to right (by Artist Nouf Al-Semari, Heba Farahat, Khalid Oraij & Nawaf bin Saud).

- Introduce your self to our readers?
Usually I tend to to forget myself whenever am asked such question lol, but to be brief .. what I do in art is what I fell to  say it right in words.. visual ideas are becoming part of who I am as a human before being anything else . its like thinking in colors.

- What kind of arts do you produce?
Whatever makes sense to the Idea that I want to talk about .. classic mediums on a canvas or even crazy lights and videos I Like to look around and try new things to play with

- What does your participation in this exhibition mean to you?
It means a lot indeed , the fact that am still overwhelmed by the opening day is another thing .. one of the best openings that I was part of in Saudi, and also being part of such project with such awesome people Onqoud, Lomar and Naila gallery and not to forget the beautiful group of artists that I was with .. a great day for sure and a great memory to have and share with lovely ladies like you also.

- How can our readers find you in the social media?
Twitter: @NoufFse   Facebook: Nouf Al Semari    Instagram: Noufse
by Artist Marwah AlMogait

- Introduce your self to our readers?
I'm a global citizen that grew up in Saudi Arabia. Whenever I went to Egypt for summer vacation, my aunts made sure to buy me art supplies and take me to museums. I was very much blessed to be part of a family that had artists. I majored in graphic design and have been exploring the thin line between art and design since I graduated (2010). I wore many hats, from graphic designer to social media executive, but I always knew that my passion was in a different direction. In November 2012, we soft launched "Onqoud" at KAUST's Start-up showcase, I left my full-time job in January 2013, and have been dedicating my time to "Onqoud" ever since and I'm loving every minute!


- How did you choose the artists?
We went through a wide selection of Saudi contemporary  artists that share a clear connection and attachment to the Saudi culture. We selected artists that we knew would come up with work that was completely unexpected, and they definitely did! 

- What kind of arts do you produce?
I am an independent experimental artist and most of my work  is personal. However when I do exhibit, I prefer to create installations that engage visitors and allows them to be part of the creative process. I know the great feeling you get when you exhibit, and I want everyone to experience that!

- What does your participation in this exhibition mean to you?
This project helped every single participating artist step out of their shell. This was the first time for me to work with a canvas this large (5 meters wide) and threads. The most challenging part was encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone and be the artists instead of the viewers. This installation is by everyone and for everyone! Galleries should not be for artists only. Everyone deserves to experience the feeling of having their work recognized and exhibited, at least once in their life!

- Why did you choose Riyadh? although both Onqoud and Lomar are located in Jeddah?
Both Lomar and "Onqoud" have teams in Riyadh and Jeddah, but mainly Jeddah. We started this project in Riyadh because we would like to further expand our networks in the region.


- What should people expect to see in this exhibition? 
You should expect diversity, quality, and ingenuity!

- How can our readers find you in the social media?
Twitter:@sorayadarwish   Instagram: @sorayadarwish



[UN]stitched was Opened on Sep 10th with Her Highness Princess Ameera Al-Tawil attending as an honorary guest along with others.  The exhibition will continue until Sep 30th 2013 @GalleryNaila in Riyadh, Sat-Thu: 10am-10pm, Fri: 5pm-10pm for more info please click here.



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