TDT | Manama
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Two Bahrain University graduates won first (Al-Dana) and third place at the 47th Annual Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition. The event was placed under the high patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
Maryam Al-Nuaimi, a graduate of UoB’s Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Design program, won first place for her work “Water Changes”, competing against 57 artists.
Al-Nuaimi said his work focuses on the human relationship with the urban and environmental fabric and its mutual impact. Al-Numai explained that his work is an attempt to examine the influence of water on Bahraini society. “Before oil, water was the element of life for the people here, and they settled where there was plenty of water.”
Al-Nuami said his work examines water in its “emotional, geographic and political dimensions, which gives us the opportunity to reflect on the state of the bodies of water around us.” Jumana Al-Qassab, a graduate of UoB’s Bachelor of Arts and Design program, won third place for her work “Side Effects”. “My work is about healing from mental illness.
She explains that many people try to heal themselves while facing the dilemma of losing part of themselves. “It causes the individual to lose his personality as he recovers. “A person who suffers from an illness feels a sense of alienation, and that’s what I try to call the side effect of healing.” The exhibition organized by the Bahraini Culture and Antiquities Authority celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of Bahraini artists.
Each year, the artistic community comes together to present their finest works, without being inhibited by a subject or a theme. The result is a colorful display of styles and techniques across different mediums of expression.