AKKA’s founder Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes writes another article for the June issue of the Gulf Times, now out. In this article, Stephanie explores how public art can invite us to see the unfamiliar in the familiar once more, through Richard Serra’s East-West/West-East art installation.
Richard Serra was asked by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamadbin Khalifa al-Thani, chaiperson of Qatar Museums to build a piece of art in the Qatari desert. “For an artist who considers space to be his main material”, says Stephanie, “building in the vast empty space of the desert – a barren space devoid of spatiality, or on the contrary with too much spatiality- was certainly a challenge”. In this unique landscape, the artist revealed four fifty feet high steel plates majestically standing in company of the sun and the sand. “I cannot help but wonder about the imaginary interactions that this exceptional context might trigger”, comments Stephanie as she depicts the potential that has East-West/West-East to impact on the public’s imagination and feelings through time. “Serra redefines the time scale of ‘permanent art installation’; as these four standing pieces are likely to stand there for a long time, outliving us and generations to come”.
Read the full article here.
The Gulf Times is the most read newspaper in Qatar. Originally founded in 1978 in the capital of Qatar, Doha, it is one of four english language newspapers in the country. http://www.gulf-times.com