The idea of the exhibition revolves around the moments we experience in life, the artist tries to capture these moments and express what he feels during these moments. The moment is all that is, whether it is a moment of love or waiting or moving from place to place…
The artist expresses these feelings through a young girl, influenced by his daughter and tries to convey hope and joy through her smile, and the use of a new set of colours to give life and hope.
تدور فكرة المعرض حول اللحظات التي نمر بها و نعيشها، و حاول الفنان تصوير هذه اللحظات و التعبير عن المشاعر التي يحس بها خلالها، اللحظة هي بكل ما فيها سواء لحظة حب او انتظار او انتقال من مكان لاخر …
و نجد باعمال الفنان التركيز على هذه المشاعر من خلال طفلة صغيرة، متأثرا بابنته و يحاول ان يوصل الامل و البهجة من خلال ابتسامتها، و استخدام مجموعة جديدة من الالوان لاضفاء الحياة و الامل.
Dominated by vivacious childlike ﬁgures in various scenarios, Mohannad Orabi’s
previous paintings reﬂect his interest in the spontaneity of process and the liberation
of form that emerges when art is created intuitively without ﬁxed directives. Many of
these mixed media canvases were painted as self-portraits, revealing the artist’s
fascination with the evolution of consciousness in childhood and the wonder and
whimsy of the formative years that ﬁrst shape our comprehension of the world.
With the start of the Syrian uprising and the conﬂict that followed, Orabi adopted an
increasingly realist approach to portraiture, drawing inspiration from the various
media that are currently forging a visual repository of the war. Martyr posters,
Facebook proﬁle pictures, and other types of ﬁltered or composed imagery serve as
source material for portraits of Syrians under siege, displaced, and in exile, recording
a side of the conﬂict that lies beyond its ideological divisions and political talking
points. While the artist retains an interest in the socialisation processes of childhood,
his own experiences of now living outside the country have led him to consider the
ways in which visual culture, social media, and digital communication have become
substitutes for what was once tangible.
Born in Damascus in 1977, Mohannad Orabi currently lives and works in Dubai.
Orabi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Art in Damascus in 2000 and won the ﬁrst
prize in The Syrian National Young Artists Exhibition in 2006. Solo and group
exhibitions include Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai (2017, 2014, 2009); Ayyam
Gallery Beirut (2016, 2014); Den Gallery, Kuwait (2016); Fondazione Giorgio Cini,
Venice (2015); Ayyam Gallery London (2014); Ayyam Gallery Jeddah (2013); Ayyam
Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2015, 2014, 2012); Ayyam Gallery Damascus (2008), Zara
Gallery, Amman (2007); and Ishtar Gallery, Damascus (2006, 2004). In 2014, Orabi
was listed among Foreign Policy’s ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’.