Mesra

Exhibition

Mesra (Path) is an installation consisting of sound and photograph, by Khalid Hamad Al Thani and Alhosh Gallery, curated by Gerhard Steidl.

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Khalid Hamad Al Thani is a photographer with a career spanning over fifteen years. His work is known for a wide range of desert landscapes with its non-human habitat as a central element. Drawing from the surrounding environment, such as movement and geometry, he aims to create a conversation about the many dimensions of the desert evoking a visual and theoretical presence that disrupts heritage aesthetics. Al Thani has shown locally and internationally.

Mesra is an installation consisting of sound and photograph. The traveled route by the passing figure - the horse - is motionless yet central. Moving beyond the subject of beauty and hyper details of body lines, the intertwined gestures of shadow and outline suggest a shared hierarchy written by light. In this work, the horse cuts through the path into joyous clarity despite the "lackness" of visible light and destination.

Minimal occupation of the space is intentional and is often highlighted by Al Thani to convey a commentary on the universality of the desert which occupies one-fifth of the planet's land. The sound element, which is composed by layers of recordings collected by the artist, accompanies the work from distance signifying the abstraction of the emotion.

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About the Artist:

Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Ahmad Al-Thani is a prominent Qatari photographer known for his poetic contemplation of Qatar’s desert landscape. Born in 1980, Al Thani describes photography as a language without subtitles. His mission is to establish a unique and authentic Qatari photographic language.

Perspective, geometry, and space are integral to his work. He aims to evoke emotions and to illustrate the beauty of imperfections in his work. For Al Thani, it is the eye, not the lens that is key

About the Curator:

Born in 1950 in Göttingen, Germany, Gerhard Steidl founded his publishing house and screen-printing workshop for graphic art and posters in 1968. Today Steidl publishes the largest worldwide program of contemporary photobooks and an ambitious German literature list. He furthermore conceives and curates international exhibitions. In 2020 Steidl became the first non-photographer to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the Sony World Photography Awards, and was awarded the Gutenberg Prize by the International Gutenberg Society in Mainz. In 2021 he received the Grand Cross of Merit of Lower Saxony, and the publishing house received the Deutscher Verlagspreis (German Publishers Award). Steidl is the initiator and founding director of Kunsthaus Göttingen, which opened in June 2021, and was curator of the documenta fifteen partner project “printing futures”.