My Roulette – Hala Al Khalifa. Opening May 9 at 7pm

Image courtesy of the artist, all rights reserved.

In a visual ballad of pain and bliss, Hala al-Khalifa negotiates an aesthetic of trauma that commemorates the ten-year anniversary of her daily dilemma. Nevertheless, the semiotics of “My Roulette,” reaches beyond Hala personal experience. With reference to postmodern feminist art, Hala resignifies her personal experience beyond gender or individual specific iconography. Her objects speak of alienation, displacement and danger. Exclusive personal references are oblique. Her “fragile” state of being, however, prolongs beyond the act of defiance signified by the crude table and gun; in itself a harsh phallic sign that is in direct contrast to the soft and lush tactility of the red ornamented velvet of the chair signifying her youth. The signs on her suitcases, usually the pride of a tourist, trace her transnational reality and nomadic life and constitute the only direct reference to her and her immediate family (husband and two children).
“My Roulette” represents Hala’s attempt to attain a harmony of existence; an attempt of reconciliation of her fractured self that oscillates between the delectable warmth of her childhood memories and the new vibrant possibilities of her present. 

Nada Shabout

About Hala Al Khalifa:

Born in London and raised in Bahrain, Al Khalifa is now based in  Doha where she works at QMA in the Public Arts department while she develops alongside her work as an artist.  After receiving  a joint BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, she returned to Bahrain and joined the art department at Bahrain University and continued her education to receive an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts at University College London.

Early in her career Al Khalifa had several solo shows in Bahrain, and later participated in numerous solo and group shows in London, Egypt, Kuwait, Sharjah, Tunisia and Qatar.  Al Khalifa’s works are influenced by the names of the masters of contemporary Iraqi art and by her views on life and uses mainly the medium of painting to express her personal dilemmas in moving  ways.

Opening reception May 9 at 7pm. The exhibition will continue until May 23.


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