'99' Shemaghart: Mohamed Kanoo

1 - 28 February 2009

This exhibition displays Mohamed Kanoo's Shemaghart concept, where he uses the textile of the shemagh as the primary media of his work. Mohamed's artistic philosophy is often termed as 'being in transition', an unintentional description of his efforts that he holds very close to his heart. He feels an artist must be continually changing, improving, growing, expanding and should never be caught in a 'repetitive rut'. He has also been challenged by perceived artistic prohibitions of his Islamic faith.  Following the tragedy of 9/11, and the resultant negative cultural confrontation by the West, he has focused on achieving a successful artistic platform that presents a position from which he can reflect more positively an alternative view of contemporary Arabia