COVID-19 Khaleeji Art Museum

Exhibition: Ramadan in Quarantine

The experience of an isolated Ramadan from the perspective of Gulf artists.

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For many Muslims around the world, this is the first time they have had to observe Ramadan in isolation. In many parts of the world, prayers have been conducted at home, and fasting has been broken away from large gatherings. We share the work of 15 emerging artists and photographers from the Arab Gulf States who have translated how they feel about Ramadan in quarantine into their works, and share them with you.

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Ishaq Madan, Bahrain

“As mosques shut down, Ramadan 1441 brings about new physical and psychological challenges as millions of Muslims attempt to find a connection with Allah from their own homes.” Click on the image to enlarge it.

Israa Al Balushi, Oman

You Took A FaceTime Photo.

Widad Al Harthy, Oman

Did You Hear the Athan? and Until When? Click on the image to enlarge it.

Dana Al Rashid, Kuwait

 The Wise One and the Plague and The Spread of Panic. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Sara Al Balushi, Oman

Ramadan Essentials in Quarantine. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Essa Hujairy, Bahrain

Pray at home, Ramadan 1441, and Quarantine Conversation where one states ‘This too shall pass’ and the other asks ‘when?’ .Click on the image to enlarge it.

May Alsaad, Kuwait

The Covid Journal.

Asma Murad, Bahrain

Human Race with the Coronavirus showcases a poem by the late Bahraini poet Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, that assures Bahrainis that they can withstand any crisis.

Mahmood Al Zadjali, Oman

More Precious Than Gold. The traditional Ramadan dishes created by mothers (logaimat, samosas and fatayaer) that are rarely cooked beyond Ramadan are held in the highest regard. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Aisha Anoohi, UAE

The Ramadan Spirit Amid the Covid-19 Crisis.

Abdulaziz Alshukairi, Oman

“This art portrays elderly women being called queens during this pandemic . The term  “queen” means that they command and take care of us by worshipping God, and giving us precious advice on how to survive this terrible experience.”

Maryam Al Amin, Bahrain

We Need Space To Heal. ” When someone says’ we need space to heal’, it often is to do with a relationship in which people need time apart to heal emotionally. With the measuring tape, I wanted to take that phrase and give it a new meaning in relation to the current situation.” Click on the image to enlarge it.

Mujahid Al Malki, Oman

Come and Drink Coffee.

Salim Al Balushi, Oman

Inspired by Seth ( aka “@dudewithsign”) on Instagram, this is the Omani and Arab version. In the first photo is a welcome statement for Ramadan, and in the second one a request for Ramadan to ‘hold up’. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Firdaus Shafi, Oman

Minaret. “Despite the quarantine and the domestic isolation that every house in our Islamic and whole world is going through today due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are optimistic that one day we will pray in the mosques again.”