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For the first time in Hong Kong\, the work of more than a do zen influential artists from the Middle East will offer a rare glimpse into the contemporary Arab and Iranian art worlds. Written Images: Contempor ary Calligraphy from the Middle East\, curated by noted art historian K arin von Roques\, explores the role of traditional Islamic calligraphy and symbols in the contemporary Middle Eastern consciousness.

Ara bic calligraphy in all its aesthetic and linguistic complexity is little un derstood beyond the Middle East and often regarded as an historical art for m belonging to the classic Islamic arts. Yet it plays an important role in contemporary Arab and Iranian art.

Artists including Egyptian Ahmed Moustafa\, Iraqi Hassan Massoudy and Tunisian Nja Mahdaoui were among the first to look at writing from an entirely new perspective and repositi on calligraphy in the contemporary context. Dr. Moustafa’s research is base d on mathematical and scientific foundations that form the origins of Arabi c characters\, such as the proportional systems that were developed in the 10th century. For him and the other artists in this show\, writing is more than the legible word\; they use it as a pictorial\, formal element\, refer encing a multitude of issues—religious\, social\, political and personal. < br />
Working with different media\, including paint on canvas\, col lage\, ink on paper\, gold leaf and silkscreen\, these artists take traditi onal Arabic script and symbols as their point of departure. Qatari artist Y ousef Ahmad distills Arabic letters into abstract shapes and gestural marks that sweep across dreamlike mixed-media surfaces. Syrian artist Khaled Al- Saa’i is inspired by poetry and Sufi philosophy\, and paints spacious lands capes in which words float\, overlap and follow their own particular rhythm . Offering a nuanced view of Middle Eastern culture\, these innovative arti sts create complex contemporary works that draw on the spiritual depth of a ncient Islamic art.

This exhibition aims to further intercult ural dialogue between the Middle East and beyond. It follows on the success of Signs: Contemporary Arab Art\, mounted at Sundaram Tagore New Yo rk in 2009 and Sundaram Tagore Beverly Hills in 2010\, as well as Writte n Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East at Sundaram Tag ore New York in 2011. These shows were curated by Karin von Roques\, who st udied and lived in the Middle East over the past decade. As such\, she has an intimate and unique understanding of the region and its artists. This sh ow sees her throw into relief the wide range of work emerging from the cont emporary Middle East\, bringing its seminal artists to an international aud ience.

DTEND:20121028 DTSTAMP:20141222T084015 DTSTART:20120920 GEO:22.283022;114.152886 LOCATION:Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Hong Kong\,57-59 Hollywood Road \nHong K ong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Written Images - Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East\, )\ , Yousef Ahmad\, Lulwah Al-Homoud\, Khaled Al-Saa’i\, Chaouki Chamoun\, Gol naz Fathi\, Georges Fikry Ibrahim\, Hakim Ghazali\, Ali Hassan\, Rachid Kor aïchi\, Nja Mahdaoui\, Hassan Massoudy\, Ahmed Mater\, Ahmad Moualla\, Ahme d Moustafa\, Ayman El Semary UID:233940 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120920T210000 DTSTAMP:20141222T084015 DTSTART:20120920T190000 GEO:22.283022;114.152886 LOCATION:Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Hong Kong\,57-59 Hollywood Road \nHong K ong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Written Images - Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East\, )\ , Yousef Ahmad\, Lulwah Al-Homoud\, Khaled Al-Saa’i\, Chaouki Chamoun\, Gol naz Fathi\, Georges Fikry Ibrahim\, Hakim Ghazali\, Ali Hassan\, Rachid Kor aïchi\, Nja Mahdaoui\, Hassan Massoudy\, Ahmed Mater\, Ahmad Moualla\, Ahme d Moustafa\, Ayman El Semary UID:233941 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR