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October 28, 2015 - November 15, 2015

An exhibition by Hassan Meer, Budoor Al Riyami, Clive Gracey, and Darren de Silva

Stal Gallery opens this season with an exhibition featuring works by Hassan Meer, Budoor Al Riyami, Clive Gracey, and Darren de Silva.

“Out of the Crowd” explores the often unseen milieu from behind the streets, taking a glimpse at life beyond the typical facade of the city. The exhibition takes the audience to forgotten memories of places and of people in and outside of Oman through the lens of photography.

Hassan Meer is a renowned artist and a forerunner of producing conceptual art whose works often reflect spiritual contemplation and reflective exposition of Omani culture and familial history and heritage. Meer’s exposition of ruins and of people in the backdrop of Muttrah takes viewers to a unique setting. Meer is also the Artistic Director of Stal Gallery.

Budoor Al Riyami was born in 1977 and graduated from Sultan Qaboos University Muscat, Oman. She won the Grand Prize at the 13th Asian Art Biennale in 2008 with her innovative work; a video installation entitled “The Peak of Burning” which is one of the very few artworks employing modern technologies on display at the event. Talking about working with high tech mediums Riyami says, “In the Stone Age man used to draw on stone. Then why shouldn’t we use modern technologies when science has developed?”

Darren DeSilva is a lecturer in the photography department at the Higher College of Technology in Muscat, Oman, the sultanate’s unparalleled photography program. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Visual Journalism from the famed Brooks Institute of Photography. Soon after, Darren studied under portraitist Phillip Stewart Charis during the final stages of the master’s career, eventually helping Charis transition his studio into new owner ownership.

Mazoon magazine’s Creative Consultant, Clive Gracey, showcases his passion for found film photographs discovered throughout ruins in Oman over his travels. Gracey has been taking photographs for more than 40 years. Working mainly within the genre of Fine Art Photography, he is a keen practitioner of retro and alternative photographic processes and an aficionado of found photographs.