Halal on the Dance Floor 2019
The artwork highlights recent cultural shifts in the Gulf region, specifically within the cultural and entertainment arena. These cultural changes stem from attempts to entice foreign investors by adopting familiar foreign milieus and compounded by decades of censorship that created an entertainment void. This led to a plethora of entertainment venues in the region that are western at their core but with an Islamic veneer that does not clash with local cultures. This installation represents this concept by constructing a “Halal” dance floor; two antithetical concepts.
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MOHAMMAD JASEM AL-HEMD
Mohammad Al-Hemd is a Kuwaiti artist who earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Kuwait. Al-Hemd’s keen interest in art fully manifested in his first solo exhibition entitled Indulgences: Reborn, where he challenged religious notions through installation, performance and visual direction. His work stems from the conceptual, transforming into elegant illusions, as he tackles controversial yet pressing current themes compelling his audience to reflect on contemporary ideas. He continues to push the boundaries of his work, evolving his artistic practice and scope.