World Arabic Language Day & The Work of Mouneer Al-Shaarani

On December 18th, the Arabic language is celebrated in all its glory. The language is commemorated and appreciated for its richness as a pillar of cultural diversity. One artist with a deep appreciation for the Arabic script is the internationally acclaimed Mouneer Al-Shaarani, who uses calligraphy art to inspire the people of his nation in Syria. By creating highly intellectual work that reflects his interest in modern poetry and literature, as well as Islamic, Christian and Sufi philosophy, Al Shaarani creates art for people to connect with and feel.

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Introducing: Bente Christensen-Ernst by Art Historian Paula Domzalski MA

One glance and we’ve passed the threshold into a mimetic world. A style inflated with recognisability. At first glance. But looking past the diagnostic into a deeper philosophy on the surface, and, without wanting to paraphrase Alice, a Wonderland opens up before us. A parallel universe stamped with its own “form-sense”, underpinned by a four hundred year old Western tradition of nature morte, where we think we are looking at reality but we are not.

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