Relive the joy of childhood with a Kuwaiti vision in Cairo

What drives one to occasionally remember their childhood? Why is it so strongly reflected in the creativity of so many artists as if destined to accompany them throughout their lives in their early years, and to become an inherent element in their artistic production? The viewer therefore finds himself asking many “nostalgic” questions when standing in front of the works of Kuwaiti artist Ghada Al-Kandari ​​in her first solo exhibition in Cairo, at the “Masr” gallery.

“At the end of the day…we are all still children.” This is the title that the artist chose for her exhibition, and it is also the answer to those questions that her paintings pose to the audience! When we move between them, we realize how childhood remains in us, no matter how hard we try to hide it from ourselves and others, to appear strong at the end of our day when we are alone with ourselves and all appearance, abandon false opinions. , artificial formalities and “protocol” rules, so that we become ourselves with all our memories, feelings and thoughts that were formed by childhood and grew up with us without ever knowing.

Al-Kandari paints her works with a personal artistic vision and a special plastic style, through which she tells the nostalgia for people who passed away and her memory could not forget them, but it became a main focus in her paintings, so that her recovery from childhood became a return to a beautiful world in which she formulated her dreams and ideas with dreamy visions, which made her more open to life and nostalgia for intimate people and places. proves that the artist, due to his sensitive emotional nature, is one of the most capable of recalling the past, and using it in his works of art to express static desires and blooming dreams.

Ghada Al-Kandari told Asharq Al-Awsat: “When I paint, I remember my childhood, the girl Ghada appears from inside me with her laughter, dreams and spontaneity. She continues: “Some of my works are inspired by children’s drawings , their characters and their cheerful colors, for example, in one of my paintings I used the lines of my nephews between the ages of 4 and 8.” She continues: “In my paintings, the viewer meets members of my family, friends and other people I meet.” There is a strong connection between my work and my childhood, and I still paint with the same pain, passion and passion, and I still love colors, joy and fun very much, as if I were that child who did not leave me ».

The French philosopher (Gaston Bachelard) famously said: “Man’s lost contemplation turns to childhood, where the beauty of beloved images is preserved.” A group of imaginary visual stories, where she was immersed in her happy childhood by abilities mixed with dramatic expressionism and abstraction, and was dominated by the simplicity of style and the intensification of human instinct.

Al-Kandari’s works in the exhibition, which amount to around 80 works, vary between abstraction, cubism and deconstruction, moving between large acrylic paintings that allow her and the viewer to approach her own feelings, and small pen and ink drawings, which looks like a notebook of the reality in which she lives, in addition to a group of preparatory works in the vacuum and models From the art of “the artist’s book” and painting on glass.

She says: “Since the beginning of my artistic career, I haven’t been busy with any art school I belong to. I don’t tend to categorize my works, but I still just wash and paint and feel happy with the moments of my work and its output, and the paintings that result from these moments, as well as paintings that incorporate lines, characters and colors.”

The visitor of the exhibition stops a few paintings that appear as designs for fashion and enjoys the joy of colors and details, which is justified by the artist, saying: “I love the world of (fashion) and fashion, and i would like to study fashion design but my father preferred to join the College of Media so i fulfilled his desire and i don’t deny that he contributed a lot to me on a personal level but my old dream has not ended and appears from time to time in my work.”

She continues: “I draw different designs with multiple geometric shapes filled with bright colors, although I always wear black, and it can be a kind of exit of myself to sit on the flat of the paintings.”
And she continues: “Unfortunately, I don’t know how to sew, I like to draw large parts of the fashion, and I put it on my body before it takes its place between the frames and hangs on the wall become ».

Al-Kandari has held many solo exhibitions in Kuwait and participated in several group exhibitions locally and internationally, including the exhibition “Arab Culture in the Diaspora” and the exhibition “Women Artists in Kuwait” at the Arab World Institute in Paris in 2006.


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