On March 11th 2017, SIKKA Art Fair in Dubai invited Too Far Co. to take over one of the largest houses in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, making it the first time that another Gulf country was invited to do so. We were privileged to provide international audiences with a glimpse of the rich contemporary art scene that has blossomed in the Kingdom of Bahrain. And now, with support of Malja, a Redbull Space, we are proud to bring you the powerful and poignant work we displayed in our “Bahrain House”.
The concept is simple, to bring a fresh look into the often ineffable fundamentals of life on our island kingdom. With a varied and multi-disciplined collection of artists, we are shown a varied collection of hidden moments, vulnerability, mournful nostalgia and complex awareness of emotional and physical displacement. Themes that find themselves as a common denominator in the works of the artistic community in Bahrain.
The congruency of the artworks lies in the heightened and eloquent manners of addressing the human condition in our modern climate. Every artist in our exhibition boasts a different visual language: Al Mahdi is the king of whimsical pastiche; Mai Al Moataz is articulate in phantasmal and haunting self-portraits; Ali Hussein Merza transforms benevolent objects to sullen poetry; Ghada Khunji plucks the world around her with the clicks of her camera, to create a montage of her inner musings; Jaffar Al Haddad congregates an entire community around his chair, Jaffar Al Oraibi professes the pain of injustice in abstraction; and Mohammed Sharkawi’s minimalist forms wistfully captures a longing for home.
The exhibition’s running until the 5th of August, 2017.