The Cultural Village Foundation - Katara has opened a colourful historical photo gallery by Kuwaiti literary figure and artist Dr Iman al-Shammari.
The gallery in building 22 will run until January 14. It sheds light on life in the Middle East, especially the Gulf region during the early 20th century and highlights some major events and public figures.
Katara human resources manager Said Saad al-Dosari opened the exhibition on behalf of general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti along with Kuwait’s deputy ambassador Nasser al-Ghanim.
The exhibition showcases black and white photos coloured with a new technique.
Another picture on show
Using a new technique to colour black and white photos, Dr al-Shammari has brought them to life with their real colours. The photos on show are coloured in a special way that makes them look as if they were shot recently using rich colours and fillings.
“I realised the importance of bringing out history from old books and archives and present it to the public in a contemporary and modern way as reading has decreased a lot”, Dr al-Shammari said about the idea of her exhibition.
Some of the photographs in the exhibition date back to 1900 of the gates of Jerusalem and some are of the Royal family of Kuwait, while one photograph is of a Turkish lady that dates back to 1920.
The artist also presents a distinctive experience by using collage art which helps to reflect the Islamic history to the rest of the world in a good form by integrating it with world famous paintings.
Dr al-Shammari, also a writer and poet, launched a humanitarian campaign which was the first of its kind against racism, sectarianism and bullying. She accomplished her voluntary journey in 2017 and was the first Arab woman to enter the Bangladeshi-Burma border for relief work.