Students at the Opening
The American International School Kuwait Visual Arts, Grade 12, Diploma Art Exhibition.
This is an annual event at AIS to celebrate artworks by the Visual Arts students in the making of 2 years. The students have been assessed over a period of two years with the criteria from the International Baccalaureate. Each student was asked to create a Body of Works with technical skill and conceptual strength and meaning. The students celebrated the finalizing of the DP Visual Arts program with the exhibition opening titled “Mind Explosions”.
Exhibition continue till Thursday, 28th of April, 2011 1PM – Only today and tomorrow !
16 more pictures of emerging talents and 4 artist’s statement in highlight ->
Visual Arts Teacher
Angie Hani with her students
Introduction to the students:
My Body of Works concept is about my lifespan development displayed through my artistic journey. Through exploration, investigation and research into my initial ideas and brainstorms, the influences unveiled. The concept I selected for the Body of Works over the two years was “Self Identity”. This involved me in deeply considering my past, present and future.
The exploration of movements, such as Realism and Expressionism, led me to explore several innovative methods and artistic techniques. The necessary investigation of artists of influence (mainly Julian Schnabel and Asad Bunashi) gave me a completely new outlook on the world of art and triggered extensive inspiration, ideas and forms of art for me to focus upon through their skills and methods….
The concept and theme behind my artworks is poverty around the world. This is an issue that I am passionate about. My focus was on portraying and presenting poverty in different cultures in unexpected ways. The purpose of all my artworks is to get the viewer thinking about a common concept, in a new angle.
These bodies of works have been influenced by many artists such as Robert Rauchenberg, cultural themes and color schemes, like India’s dyes and orange fabrics, and even magazines, like “Env.” These influences affected my choice of media, the scale of which I choose to create my artworks and the techniques and processes with which I created these pieces……
Currently, my goal has been to try to creatively develop methods to portray certain concepts I have in mind. Lately my works have been about Islamic lessons, it connection to my culture and concepts from which I learn from my family and society. I have learned to rely on perception in order to illustrate to viewers my concepts from my angle, and not that of a stranger or outsider.
My influences have been Shirin Neshat, Omar Odeh, Ayad Al Kadhi, Khaled Al Saai and JD Hilberry. Each has influnced me in a separate way and yet I combine all of what I have leanred from them to create each of my works. I learn from Shirin Neshat, and Ayad AlKadhi, and JD Hillberry how to portray concepts through media, color, and photography in a contemporary way. From Khaled Al Saai and Omar Odeh, I have been inspired by the beauty and simplicity of my religion and culture….
The focus of my body of work is Palestinian man and struggle. My family is Palestinian and that was my purpose for choosing this concept, because the horror and displacement is personal. The context of my ideas and influences are deeply related to the aeshtetics and visual qualities of my body of works. Palestinian people are, specifically men are tortured, displaced and depressed. They also to get used to the fact that they are being blinded, speechless, faceless and cuffed in their own country.
Meaning that talking about what they see and the torture that goes on is forbidden, speaking and fighting for their rights is out of the question unless they want to hold the responsability of getting their family killed….
Special thanks to Angie Hani ( AIS Kuwait) for providing the materials !