For 31-year-old Omani artist Mohammed Alattar, art has always been about building safe spaces where others could express their emotions and vulnerabilities. This has been evident in his digital art.
But his latest film provides another avenue for self-expression and explores the chaos of the mind, and is a ‘metaphoric representation’ of how the artist personally deals with his dark thoughts and emotions. He was inspired by the idea on his way to Muscat, from Sohar, Oman.
‘I keep space for myself to deal with the dark thoughts after I’m done with my daily tasks and responsibilities. Here I wanted to show a side of me that I was very hesitant to showcase: performing,’ he says.
As to what had made him venture into film, the artist explains that, ‘Performance is something I have done since my teenage days, but I was very hesitant to showcase my work. I had a music video done when I was 18 years old. I guess it started from there.’
‘I believe that the blessing of being an artist comes with the freedom of using any medium to express yourself,’ he adds, ‘and I always like to challenge myself in order to grow and expand as a person.’
He does confess, however, that, ‘Working on films in general is more difficult as you’ll have to find a good team that is willing to work with you on it… I was blessed honestly to find talents to work with such as Ahmed Al Shaqsi, who directed and produced the film.’
Nonetheless, film is something Al Attar would continue to explore in the future, especially ones that revolve around psychology and that have meaningful messages embedded within them, ‘I already have so many ideas!’
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