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WE ARE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

August 2022

The Young Emerging Artist’s Prize 2022, Midterm exhibition “We are center of the Union: Reflection on self-portraits”



Stal Gallery’s Young Emerging Artist’s Prize (YEAP) initiated and mentored by the internationally known Omani artist Hassan Al Meer - has become a unique platform for art making since 2015. This program has been the first of its kind in Oman supporting a new generation of rising artists.

The program provides access for professional skills development, online profiling, usage of multimedia technology and displaying a wider presentation of the visual arts. This contest has grown to become the most anticipated art program of Oman at a nonprofit art gallery Stal - the Alserkal Group’s first cultural project in the Sultanate of Oman.

The Program is focused on the educational aspect and will culminate in an open-ended public demonstration, including:

  • artist talk

  • workshop

  • exhibition


For our 6th Annual Young Emerging Artist Prize, Stal Gallery is especially proud to support and to be at the forefront of this initiative for the Omani youth. Throughout this program, they are mentored by artists with invaluable experiences and with reputable international recognition.

The 22’YEAP Edition started from Midterm exhibition “Center of the Union: Reflection on self-portraits”, Under the auspices of HH Sayyida Basma Al Said, featuring artworks of the finalists for the inaugural Annual Stal Gallery YEAP 2022 Edition: Salim Al Masoudi, Bashair Al Balushi, Kawthar Al Harthi, Israa Al Balushi, Huria Al Harrasi, Marwa Al Bahrani, Khadija Al Maamari, Ammar Al Kiyumi with Majeda Al Hinai - Grand Prize winner 20' Young Emerging Artist Prize.

The program is curated by Hassan Al Meer - Stal Gallery’s art director and curator, assistant curator Ruqaiya Mazar, supervision and direction Dr. Volodymyra Sobolevska, Stal Gallery Manager.


The artists will share some work-in-progress and their thoughts on the subject ““We are center of the Union: Reflection on self-portraits”.

“You are the centre of the universe. The world revolves around you. Because life is not linear and we don’t all reside in.

We are all on the same flat surface of existence, in which everything that happens is uniform. The Earth is a sphere, our lives are dynamic, and we all experience the world differently...” - Hassan Meer, Art Curator for YEAP 2022.

This exhibition delivers artworks in ways that haven’t been delivered before whether it’s in concept, materials or presentation.


The exhibition will be on display at Stal Gallery through August 2022, with opening inauguration on 14th August at 7:30 pm.

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SALIM AL-MASOUDI

Different but one and the same

Photography, Installation Art, 2022


I think of this installation as an unfinished inventory of fragments: objects, memories, remnants of the past, and other inventions. It is an improvisational site in which the constructed and the ready made are used to question our making of the world through language and knowledge. The arrangements are schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation. It relies on our desires for beauty, poetics and order.

The work thus far has used the frame of the room to propose a secret history of cultural expectations in an unchanging culture, and in the process, point to how in modernity, its impact on the ever-changing familial dynamics which are hidden in plain sight. I have found the histories of brutalism and minimalism to be useful in the rearranging of received ideas. The objects I make are placed in the canon of modernist art, in hopes of making visible what is overlooked.



About artist


Salim's artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing Arabic history, his work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art. While Salim uses a variety of materials and processes in each project, his methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. Salim's usage of subject matter in his work determines the materials and the forms of the work. Each project often consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production, new areas of interest arise for Salim and lead him to the next body of work.



BASHAIR AL-BALUSHI

Multiple Identities

Installation work, videography 2022


I see myself as being like the sea. I am of multiple identities like the sea. I don’t like to be satisfied with being a human being who comes from one roots, identity, culture & environment. I always love diving deeper into cultures & identities.



About artist


Bashair Al-Balushi an interior designer, furniture designer, photographer & artist. Interested in Omani folklore & art, as well as modern Omani architecture & the Renaissance in Oman. Graduated from Scientific College Of Designn in Muscat the major is Interior Design. The owner & the manager of department of innovation & design in Design Skills Studio.


AMMAR ALKIYUMI


Standard 1

Standard 2

Standard 3

Installation Art, 2022



In this collection of work, the artist uses a collection of mass produced objects, specifically concrete blocks, house number plates and copies of photographs as a metaphor for standardization and lack of individuality in architecture. The grid organization and symmetry in the composition further emphases this idea.


About artist


Ammar Alkiyumi is an architect and artist whose work revolves around challenging the use of standards, styles and images in the creation of architecture.

As an architect, he refuses to start a design project with reference images or a predetermined style. Ammar believes that a buildings identity should not be decided, but should be born as a result of a buildings reaction to environmental, Economical, structural and social context and a reflection of the individual users.

Ammar is skeptical that the promise of an ideal Arabian city, can be achieved through any kind of homogenization of identity or the realization of stereotypical images.



HURIA AL HARRASI


Life is not what we see

Video installation, 2022


We are stuck in our own heads.

We are stuck in the way we see life.

We live a life designed and built by our subconscious mind before, we see what our eyes force us to see and explain what our mind forces us to explain.

Perspectives are lenses that differ from person to person.

Some are broken, scratched, dirty, or clean.

That is why, from time to time, we must rethink things in a different way than usual in order to discover life from various perspectives.



About artist


Huria Al Harrasi is a visual artist and a graduate of Urban Planning and Architectural design of the German University. Art has always been a part of her life since she was a child; it makes her happy and carries her to her own world. She is interested in highlighting her art in various ways and mediums, and she follows the principle of experimenting in the majority of her works because each new experience brings new skills and feelings to her heart. Huria is still looking for her own style and trying out various types of art.



MARWA Al-BAHRANI

Endless Effort

Installation, 2022


Life keeps directing me on a different path, away from my ambitions. There’s always a obstacle in my path, but those difficulties serve to push me in new directions, with time I still find my way to my ambition. My vision will never be diminished, no matter how hard or how many dark holes swallow me.


Coal is a representation of my willpower.

That’s my strength. That’s my growth.