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Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960-2020

This edition of ‘Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection’ explores the reference points of several generations who have played major roles in fostering the arts in Doha during an era of rapid social and urban change. These artists, intellectuals, journalists and cultural activists have contributed, at both formal and informal levels, to the city’s efforts in realising a cultural legacy through key government agencies formed in the 1970s.

This exhibition is about the lived experiences and surviving knowledge of those generations; and the lingering questions that artists continue to engage with today. Lived Forward documents the genealogies and different lineages of artistic canons, connecting these to the establishment of several important cultural institutions in Doha. The displays highlight the work of key artists of the past and present, with paintings, photography, video, installation and archives all employed to make these stories more visible.

Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960-2020

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