Amakin Exhibition Overview

“Ithra is hosting Amakin, an exhibition of 21,39 (9th edition) curated by Venetia Porter. Amakin is an exhibition of contemporary and modern art that showcases the work of 28 international and regional artists, all of whom have a reputable careers in the art scene.

This exhibition explores what the notion of “makan” (Arabic for “a sense of space”) means to each of the artists through various mediums, including painting, textiles, drawing, artist books, film and sculpture.”

Venetia Porter


Venetia Porter was born and brought up in Beirut and studied Arabic and Islamic Art at the University of Oxford. She completed her doctorate from the University of Durham on the history and architecture of Medieval Yemen. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art and has worked at the British Museum between 1989 and 2022. She was the lead curator for the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World (2018) and her exhibitions include Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East (2006, Dubai 2008); Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam (2012) and Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa (2021).


Amakin Tour

Selected Artworks from the Exhibition

1 / 7

Abdulhalim Radwi
Caravan scene in the desert, 1997
Watercolour on paper Signed in Arabic and Latin script
60 × 45 cm
Courtesy Al-Mansouria Foundation
2 / 7

Safeya Binzagr
Woman’s bridal costume, Hijaz, from the series Turathuna, 2000
Photogravure numbered 29/30
63 × 54 cm
Courtesy Darat Safeya Binzagr
3 / 7

Reem Al Faisal
Souk Jeddah, 2015 (Unique)
20 × 30 cm
Private Collection
4 / 7

Talib Almarri
Yellow Lake, 2021
Digital photographs on Hahnemühle paper
Courtesy of the artist
5 / 7
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji
Ali’s Boat, 2015
An animation film, 6:37 minutes
Private Collection
6 / 7

Muhannad Shono
Book of Sand, 2020
Installation sand and resin with video projection, edition 1 of 8
22 × 17 × 5 cm
Courtesy of the Artist
7 / 7

Catalina Swinburn
Inanna, 2021
Woven paper from brass and copper displaced archaeological documentation on pieces from the Elamite period & archaeological index on Sumer civilisation from volume ‘Sumer’, The Universe of Forms, Malraux and Parrot.
180 × 150 × 10 cm (Unique)
Courtesy the Artist and Selma Feriani Gallery

Snowy Mountains


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