New exhibition explores artistry that is often neglected

New exhibition explores artistry that is often neglected

Discover Islamic decoration at new photo show

Editor: Faizal Dahlawia

Art is everywhere and Emirati photographer wants to show what we've been missing out on

Mosques are everywhere in the UAE and while we all admire their exterior beauty, we often are oblivious to the intricacy and artistry that lies within. That is where the new exhibition, 'Islamic Motifs', comes into play.

Award-winning photographer Marwan Al Ali takes us on a journey of exploration through geometric and floral decoration that define the mosques. From intricate exterior designs adorning domes and minarets to the interior aesthetic and the calligraphy used to decorate the halls and walls of mosques, Al Ali shares 65 photographs which pull the viewers in and open their eyes to artwork that often goes unappreciated.

"This is a chance for Sharjah residents and visitors to experience the work of a young, up-and-coming Emirati photographer," said Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department (SMD). "Supporting local artistic talent by providing a platform to showcase their work is something we believe very strongly in, and this is reflected in our year-round program of exhibitions."  

Also available at the exhibition will be calligraphy using 3D technology — an example of how art can mix well with innovations. The exhibition runs until November 30 at the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum.