Zubair Foundation through poetry lab holds exhibition, intellectual seminar

MUSCAT: Bait Al Zubair Foundation through the poetry lab organised an exhibition and intellectual seminar on December 18 and 19. This exhibition and seminar focused on emphasising the relationship between poetry, fine arts, and spiritual spaces that have documented many creative experiences in the Omani memory. This event aimed to identify the intricacies of knowledge, the aesthetic concepts that combine art with poetry and mysticism, and tried to demonstrate the patterns of influence between writing and colour.
In a span of one year, Bait Al Zubair Foundation has organised various field visits for Omani artists who visited places that exude creativity where some pioneers in Omani literary scene lived. The artists were inspired by those pioneers, have read their works, and then transformed it into paintings.
The exhibition entitled, ‘Artistic Journey in Omani Spiritual Poetry’ showed works by a group of Omani artists namely, Faisal Jalal Al Mir al Balushi, Nadia Jumaa Abdul Rahman al Balushi, Mohammed Saeed Mubarak al Rashidi, Ali Hilal Humaid al Maamari, Asma Kaleb, Fahad Salem Nasser al Maamari, Mariam al Amri, Amira Ahmed Ali al Shehhi and Sami al Siyabi.
Apart from this, a collection of calligraphy artworks about Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) that Bait Al Zubair formerly displayed at the Royal Opera House were also showcased.
On December 19, the Foundation organised a cultural symposium entitled, ‘Interference of Cognitive Systems: Poetry, Fine Arts and Sufism’, where Lebanese professor and poet, Charbel Dagher, published more than 50 publications on philosophy, translation and poetry, and presented a paper on Fine Arts’ spiritual experience in the Arab world.
Dr Abdulrahman al Salami, editor of Al Tafahm magazine, participated in a paper entitled ‘Impressions on Islamic Art in Oman: Impact and Dimensions.’
In addition to that, the sculptor Dr Abdalwahab Abdalmohsin presented a paper entitled ‘The Temptation of the White Surface’, and Prof Abdullah al Hajri, a Sufism scholar on ‘Sufi poetry between fiction and reality in the Omani experience.’
The event was one of several events organised by the Poetry Lab at Bait Al Zubair, the latest of which was the launch of the book ‘Thirty Sedra Guards the Mountain’ at the German University, which includes poetry texts for Omani writers in Arabic and German. The Lab is preparing for several upcoming events targeting several segments of the society.