Al Owais Cultural Foundation to Host Webinar on its Publication, ‘Hassan Sharif: Milestones, Experiences and Testimonials’

Al Owais Cultural Foundation to Host Webinar on its Publication, ‘Hassan Sharif: Milestones, Experiences and Testimonials’

The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation will be hosting a webinar on its publication Hassan Sharif: Milestones, Experiences and Testimonials, which documents the journey and artistic experience of the pioneer of conceptual art in the UAE, late artist Hassan Sharif (1951-2016).

The webinar, which will be held via Zoom online platform at 7pm on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, will feature Dr. Omar Abdul Aziz, artist Mohammed Fahmi and artist Khaleel Abdul Wahed as well as the book’s author Rasha Al Maleh. The webinar will be moderated by artist Mahmoud Al Ramhi and will be broadcasted via the Al Owais Cultural Foundation’s online platform on Facebook.

The webinar aims at paying tribute to late artist Hassan Sharif, to whom the Foundation dedicated an entire book that is the 28th publication within the “Notable Figures from the UAE” book series. The new book includes seven chapters, through which the author takes the reader on a journey into the world of conceptual art and its trends while reviewing the experience of Sharif and its gradual evolvement into a unique and idiosyncratic style of his own, which led him to dub himself “The Single Work Artist” and made him well-known in the international art scene.

The book, which consists of 200 medium-cut pages with a supplement that includes general photos featuring the late Sharif with some of his friends or with his paintings, is considered an important contribution to the Arab artistic library.

It is worth mentioning that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation has hosted many webinars, virtual poetry evenings and online exhibitions via Zoom online platform, which were met with great success and acclaim due to the interaction between the intellectuals and artists it hosted and audiences from all around the Arab world.

Moreover, the “Notable Figures from the UAE” book series underlines the role played by the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation in supporting the cultural scene and documenting the biographies of notable figures that have paved the way and left an indelible mark on the fields of thought, culture and knowledge in the UAE, becoming beacons of light for future generations and overcoming all obstacles to inspire and enlighten others and to leave behind a legacy that is worth cherishing.

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