Written by: Saad Al-Swelem
Friends and good company among some beautiful art pieces are what makes an event successful. At Qualia “ادراك” an event made for the contemporary Saudi artist Ayman Zedani, I found some beautifully constructed art pieces which somewhat spoke to me. People at the event were so friendly, I met Yousef AlShaikh ( Co-founder of Onqoud and a Member of Project Hawas) and he kindly gave me his opinion about the whole event in which he said: ” I’ve known Ayman for a long time now, more than three to four years; so I knew him before he started his exhibit and was doing his work privately. So I think he has come a very long way, in a very short period ’cause this is his first solo, he’s done I think three exhibitions before this one and you can tell from each exhibition to the next the actual depth of his work has increased exponentially, so I’m very impressed mashallah.”
I had the chance to get an interview with the artist himself about some of his artwork, and asked him a couple of questions:
1.Why Qualia “ادراك”? And what was your inspiration?
Well as what Quaila stands for, the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions, arising from stimulation of the senses by phenomena, is what inspired me.
2. One of your pieces said Cocoon “شرنقة”. Why is that?
It represents the phases that we go through as humans, seeking a big change I what forces us to cocoon in order to be born again more matured.
3. Also one of my favourites was Together “معا”. I saw a reflection of myself, was that your intention?
It is based on something called dark matter.
Here are some of the art pieces.
There were some very stylish people in the event, so I took the liberty of taking a photo of them in which they kindly agreed.
Overall this was one of the most entertaining events I’ve been to in Riyadh so far.
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(Note: This article was originally published in 2014. Due to a server crash in 2018, it was deleted and reposted.)