‘And Along Came Polyester’ art exhibition opens

Aisha Al-Sowaidi stands next to her artwork at the exhibition in Jeddah on Thursday. (AN photo by Lulwa Shalhoub)
Updated 03 February 2017
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‘And Along Came Polyester’ art exhibition opens

JEDDAH: A Thursday night of contemporary art puts a refreshing end to schools’ midyear break. Young people and art lovers filled Athr art platform based at Serafi Mega Mall’s office towers as the artwork of five woman artists from the Gulf had them mesmerized.
The exhibition entitled “And Along Came Polyester” displayed the work of Saudi artist Sarah Abu Abdullah’s “18 Blankets,” Qatari artist Aisha Al-Sowaidi’s “The Shift,” Bahraini artist Hala Al-Khalifa’s “She Wore Her Scares Like Wings,” Kuwaiti artist Monira Al-Qadiri’s “Legacy” and Emirati artist Layla Juma’s “A Still Moment in Thought & Spatial Perception.”
Al-Sowaidi, standing next to “The Shift,” talked to Arab News about her work that represented a phase of her childhood and memories of her family.
“This talks about my memory when I used to come home after school and sit in the majlis," Al-Sowaidi said. "I used to be surrounded by adults and I was the only child there. It felt that I was alone. I felt that I had the universe for myself. I felt that I had the majlis for myself as I started going into my imagination.”
When asked about the story behind the roundedness of the “majlis,” the Qatari artist said: “I created my own universe in the majlis by myself although I was surrounded by others…. And that’s where the rounded shape came from… it’s the universe I created by myself, and it rolls. Everything lost gravity while seated inside.”
Going up to the On The Terrace rooftop, the scene had a vintage sense of traditional food venders surrounding an open space for people to sit and enjoy grabbing a bite in the open air space.
The exhibition will be open to the public until April 7.


Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

Updated 43 min 16 sec ago
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Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

  • The sailor was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea
  • Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort

JEDDAH: Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards rescued a 72-year-old French sailor after he fell ill while on a yacht in international waters.
A Border Guards spokesman, Lt. Musfer Al-Quraini, said the search and rescue coordination center in Jeddah (JMRCC) had been contacted by the French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to report that a crew member on the yacht had experienced a severe medical condition requiring evacuation.
He was suffering from internal bleeding and was 112 kilometers east of the Farasan Islands, a group of 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea.
The JMRCC located the boat, contacted its captain and liaised with a doctor at Jeddah’s King Fahd Hospital to provide medical guidance until the evacuation could be carried out.
Maritime units were deployed to provide medical assistance and coordinate the rescue effort.
The patient was evacuated by helicopter and moved to Prince Mohammed bin Nasser Hospital in the southwestern port city of Jazan, where he received medical treatment. He is in a stable condition.
The yacht was accompanied to Jazan, following coordination with the port’s administration.
The French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center thanked the JMRCC for rescuing the sailor.