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RIYADH: Misk Art Institute’s latest art residency brought together a multitude of culture lovers to experience a surge of emotions — from inner demons to journeys of self-discovery — through screenprints.

The residency, a month-long intensive program held throughout August at the Masaha Arts Center, saw six residents fully immersed in the contemporary art of screenprinting, mentored by an expert team of in-house printmakers.

Residents brought their own unique ideas to life, from the curatorial phase to the production phase, through access to the institute’s screen printing facilities and individual studio spaces.

“The residence was great. The printing processes have helped me convey the message more prominently and more easily. I think we have achieved a lot in a month’s stay,” resident film photographer Haitham Alsharif told Arab News.

His work further explored the conversation about self-awareness, coping mechanisms, and contemporary social pressures. The vulnerability issues his generation faces in their daily lives affect his work, focusing on creating a printed representation of various expectations and criticisms such as the pressures of marriage or the wearing of labels.

HIGHLIGHTING

• The micro residency was organized to bring together artists from different disciplines to experience this delicate but immersive technique, gain a deeper appreciation for screen printing and showcase their work to the Saudi community.

• The art residency comes after three cycles of three-month intensive programs, the Masaha Residencies, in which artists from around the world came to Riyadh to develop their craft and explore their identified themes.

“In photography, I think printing is an essential way to present a photo, but using different colors and different print formats can add another layer of creativity, allowing you to convey that message in a more creative, attractive and eye-catching way. ” he said.

In contrast, roommate Shatha Altumihi explored the inner pressures one creates within oneself. A crowd pleaser, her work revolves around characters that individuals can transform into while expressing themselves emotionally by confronting their inner demons.

“I chose this subject because I often feel misunderstood. I’ve had certain experiences, so I wanted to visualize that in a funky and visually appealing way so people don’t feel like those emotions are negative or that monsters are something bad,” she told Arab News.

Altumihi took this opportunity to delve into screen printing to further enhance their graphic design and illustration background. She has used various techniques such as B. Bitmap Photoshop effects to add texture and vibrancy to your artworks.

Resident Mohammad Fattal brought an emotional show to the halls of Masaha. His pieces, printed on draped, sheer fabric, represent our relationship to abandoned or old buildings.

Photographs of demolished sites and homes illuminate the emotions we endure when we leave precious memories behind, willingly or coerced. On a personal level, it’s an ode to his native Syria.

“I haven’t been to Syria since the war, and seeing these scenes of demolished buildings made me feel, even if they weren’t real, how I would feel if I saw the places in my country that are very close to my heart,” Fattal told Arab News.

As a digital photographer, he tested the contrasting responses to his digital photos with physically printed works, playing with fabrics and textured paper.

“It gives you a different feeling and I wanted to transfer that from my personality to more artistic things, not just photography. I’ve found that printing in a beautiful way…with each print or try, we get a new piece of art,” he said.

The micro residency was organized to bring together artists from different disciplines to experience this delicate but immersive technique, gain a deeper appreciation for screen printing and showcase their work to the Saudi community.

The art residency follows three cycles of three-month intensive programs, the Masaha Residencies, in which artists from around the world came to Riyadh to develop their craft and explore their established themes.

The presentation runs through September 8 at Misk’s Masaha area and is open to the public from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily

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