Mar 28 2021

SI x Jameel Arts Centre | Alia Farid and Abdullah Al-Mutairi in Conversation

Sun | 12PM

Alia Farid The Space Between Classrooms Swiss Institute Abdullah al Mutairi

Organized by Jameel Arts Centre on the occasion of The Space Between Classrooms, this online conversation brings together exhibition curator Alia Farid with artist Abdullah Al-Mutairi to discuss alternative pedagogies and educational infrastructures. Farid’s exhibition takes as a starting point the prototype for schools that Alfred Roth designed for Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works during the late 1960s, a period of rapid modernisation for the newly flourishing oil state. Roth, a celebrated Swiss modernist architect, developed prefabricated schools that were to be replicated in each district across the country. The exhibition opens with a key work by Abdullah Al Mutairi, which reconstructs elements and scenes from the Roth schools to examine the use and afterlife of these modernist buildings.

The talk is moderated by Alison Coplan, Curator at Swiss Institute and the organizer of the exhibition.

This program will be administered by Jameel Arts Centre. Please click here to register. 

Abdullah Al-Mutairi (b.1990) is a writer and curator based in Kuwait. As a participant in this year’s Hayy Learning: Curatorial Fellowship, he is researching visual cultures and the notion of the image in relation to modernity and in local formal/informal collecting practices. Abdullah is an artist, member of GCC collective and currently the Assistant Gallery Director at Sultan Gallery, Kuwait.
Image: Abdullah Al-Mutairi, جهال. Brick, cement. Courtesy of the artist. 2019.

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