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Gallery of fine arts hosts touring music exhibition

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The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts is hosting a regional exhibition showcasing musicians from across the MENA region. (Photo: Handout from the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts)
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AMMAN — The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts has been hosting a regional exhibition called “Mirath: Music” that is touring the MENA region in partnership with musicians and the Goethe-Institut from seven different countries.اضافة اعلان

The exhibition opened on October 23, in the gallery’s sculpture park, and it is set to end on Monday.

Khalid Khreis, director general of the national gallery, said in an interview with Jordan News, “We collaborated with the Goethe-Institut over our museum platform ‘Factory.’ The Factory platform includes four annual projects held at the museum: the Emerging Art Projects Program, the Jordan Art Residency & Studios Program (JARS), and the Curatorial Projects Program.”

The exhibition itself, features eight different artists: Amel zen, an Algerian author, composer, and performer; Ghassan Sahhab, a musicologist, composer, and musician; Hajar zahawy, a celebrated Kurdish folk percussionists; Mohammad Adam, a singer, composer, and researcher from west Sudan; Mustafa, an Egyptian musician and composer of contemporary Arab music; Rehab Hazagui, a multimedia artist, composer, and improviser of electronic music; Zaid Hilal, a Palestinian musician; and Yacoub Abu Ghosh, a Jordanian musical composer, arranger, producer, and bass player.

Khreis explained that exhibition is basically an “artist-driven approach held in April 2021. For six days, the participating artists met in an online workshop to discuss various aspects of musical heritage in the region, exchange ideas, and develop a unifying concept for the exhibition.”

He continued: “As a result, the artists decided to allow for a diversity of artistic approaches in dealing with musical heritage and working with different musical traditions to which each of them personally related.”

The exhibition chose the artists for their knowledge of their musical history and their works’ links to the aspirations of their people: freedom, recognition, and self-determination, as well as the expression and preservation of their unique cultural identities, Khreis said.

The result of their work was 14 tracks, in which each artist worked with his or her own musical heritage in very different ways, developing the archived or borrowed material further into their own musical compositions. 

In addition, a commonly produced track brings together and reflects the artistic and musical diversity present at the exhibition. The exhibition texts were also written jointly by the artists and the editor, Christina Hazboun.

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