"A lone woman lays back on a golden couch staring deeply into the void before her, with what appears to be a book in hand etched in oil across the canvas.
It is ambiguous whether she is exasperated, in thought or dazed. This feeling of being transported into another world, where your surroundings become a mere blur is relevant to the realm that literature can carry you to. The written word has the power to hit you on every level, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. It allows you to leave yourself behind and for a moment drift you into an unfamiliar world. She lays on a yellow couch, almost golden, illuminating her immediate. The vibrancy of the couch extends and blends into her. This golden hue symbolises the golden age of female emancipation, which saw the written word project them into liberation from the social and political shackles imposed upon them.
This piece is both powerful and empowering and an ode to the might of language and literature."
- Abdulrahman Al Zayani
Athr Gallery, in collaboration with Al Madad Foundation, is pleased to announce Pen to Paper, a group exhibition of works from private collections across the Middle East in support of literacy programs for disadvantaged children.
An auction conducted by Sotheby’s will accompany the opening of the exhibition, the proceeds of which will fund Al Madad Foundation's affiliated education initiative Iqra’ for disadvantaged Lebanese children, as well as Palestinian and Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
Pen to Paper will serve as an arena to display the invaluable pieces accumulated across the region and give the main contributors and supporters of the contemporary art world a platform to share their understanding and reasoning behind their choices, in a bid to plant the seed of inspiration amongst future generations. This group exhibition is specifically curated to create a dialogue between artists, collectors, and audience and aims to question the diffusion of information, notions of knowledge and truth as well as the power of misinformation.