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Sajila Saseendran, Senior Reporter

Published: September 21, 2018 18:22

28 artists join hands to help rebuild Kerala 

Titled 'Together We Can', the exhibition's aim is to donate the proceeds from the paintings' sale to the Kerala Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.

Yasser Al Gergawi, director of programming and partnership at the Ministry of Tolerance, who is also a prominent figure in UAE's art circles, opened the exhibition at Ghinwa Restaurant in Flora Hotel, Al Barsha on Thursday night.

Appreciating the artists' efforts, Al Gergawi said: "This is how art becomes a soft power to rebuild our destroyed cities and destroyed minds in a much better way."

The exhibition is organised by Funnun Arts, a non-profitable group of artists formed by Shiba Khan and Farah Khan, two sisters from New Delhi in India, who have been living in Dubai for 10 years.

"This exhibition is close to our heart because it is organised for a noble cause," said Shiba.

While about a dozen artists will donate the full proceeds of the sale of their works to the cause, the rest will share 50 per cent of it, she said.

Sharjah-based artist Art Noor, from India, famous for his abstract paintings based on Arabic calligraphy of Allah's beautiful names, has offered one of those paintings or the cause. Titled 'Al Majeed' the calligraphicart piece is priced at Dh 9,990

Though she has been part of many exhibitions earlier, Egyptian artist Noura  Mostafa said this one was special because it was her first time being part of a humanitarian initiative.

"What happened in Kerala has pained all of us. Artists have the ability to grab the attention of the community towards such issues and also give back to the society" said Emirati artist Ahmed Rukni.

Artist Jesno Rengi from Kerala said she was happy that she could offer a work related to her state itself, a painting of a Kathakali dancer, for the exhibition. "It is also a chance for me to feature Kerala's traditional art through this forum," said Rengi, founder of Art 4 You community.

 

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