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Street art exhibition '100 Days of Blockade' unveiled in Doha

The artwork shows each artist's personal take on the crisis [QNA]

Date of publication: 13 September, 2017

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Qatar's museum authority has launched the first stage of an art exhibition focused on a diplomatic and economic blockade of the Gulf emirate by four Arab countries.

Qatar's museum authority has launched the first stage of an art exhibition focused on a diplomatic boycott and economic blockade of the Gulf emirate by four Arab countries.

Qatar Museums on Tuesday kicked off the "100 Days of Blockade" art initiative at the Fire Station Museum in the capital Doha, unveiling five large pieces of street art touching on the three-month-old Gulf crisis.

"I can say with certainty that there isn't a single artist that does not have a piece of art that does not reflect on their homeland or a situation they experienced," head of the Fire Station Museum, Khalifa al-Obaidli, told the state-run Qatar News Agency.

"Especially if the event was so extraordinary such as the unjust blockade on Qatar."

"So five talented artists have harnessed their talents to express what has been simmering inside of them," Obaidli added.

Addressing the launch ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Museums Mansoor bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud said that other art works and murals would be put up in Doha as part of the project.

The artwork, which is sprawled on the facade of the museum, shows each artist's personal take on the crisis, which began when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed all ties on June 5 and imposed economic sanctions on Qatar accusing it of links to extremist groups.

Doha has categorically denied the charges.

One of the works shows an image of a raised fist breaking through barbed wire, another shows a massive portrait of Qatar's former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The artists involved in the show are Mubarak al-Malik, Ali al-Kuwari and Thamer al-Dosari from Qatar; Dimitrje Bugarski from Serbia and Assil Diab from Sudan.

The artists produced their works over the recent Eid al-Adha feast.

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