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Met by the Ocean: A collaborative project between Yemeni and Dutch artists

Date(s) - 06/28/2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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About this event: 

This virtual event brings together a group of 6 talented Yemeni and Dutch artists. The event will kick off with an introduction and welcome by the Dutch Embassy in Yemen & event host and photographer Thana Faroq, followed by a display of the work created by each artist, and concluding commentaries by some of Yemen’s and the Netherlands’ prominent figures in the art scene.

The event will take place online. Please register to attend via Eventbrite.


About the project

Met by the Ocean marks the first collaborative art initiative for visual storytellers in Yemen. The initiative connects the Yemeni art scene with the art scene in the Netherlands by pairing up three Yemeni artists with three Dutch artists, whose artistic practices represent a rich range of mediums ranging from painting, photography and writing to design and film. Through intimate correspondences with each other, the artists explored the intricacies and opportunities of engaging in a collaborative storytelling approach with an artistic peer thousands of kilometers away. The participants were supported and mentored by Yemeni artist Thana Faroq based in the Netherlands, who encouraged them to create a playful, engaging and experimental artwork that responds to the notion of ‘Home’.

This project is funded by Dutch Embassy in Yemen.


Meet the artists

Asim Abdul-Aziz is an Aden-based experimental film director, visual artist and producer with an interest in expressing emotion and thought through art and film. His recent film 1941 has won multiple international film festival awards, including best Yemeni film for 2022, and exhibited in the 12th Berlin Biennial exhibition.

Xaver Konneker is a Dutch/German visual artist who intertwines his background in cultural theory with photographic practice. Xaver’s work often reflects on identity, structures and the photographic medium.

Abeer Aref is a Sanaa based artist and architect. Abeer’s first photographic presentation was titled ‘JAMAAD’ followed by other projects featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Sana’a and the MENA region.

Asja Keeman is a Dutch freelance graphic designer who designs stories for communication, multimedia, exhibitions and photo books. Asja’s interested in designing within topics such as migration, women’s rights.

Eman Almansob is a Yemen based contemporary realist painter. Her work includes abstracts depicting the roles of Yemeni women, their courage and faced difficulties. Eman has had her work exhibited locally and abroad.

Alifya Al-Haraziis a self-taught Dutch photographer and social worker with Yemeni roots. Alifya has worked for several publications for clients like Adidas and Vice with ambitions to develop her practice in the future.

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