Tonight at 7:30pm there is a solo exhibition by Ibrahim Gailani at “Whispers of Serenity Clinic“. This will be Gailani’s 1st solo exhibition – with 22 paintings set in 3 themed series: “Internal Shame“, “Letting-go“, and “Healing“. (Pic from Ghailani’s art website) Ghailani is a local, self-taught, contemporary artist living in Muscat, Oman. His daring exhibition is about child abuse, something which he has experienced first hand and is a taboo subject to many. Read about how art was a powerful form of therapy in Ghailani’s life as reported in Muscat Daily in the article, “Therapeutic Art“.
From the press release: “Gailani explained “The aim of this project was to create awareness and get people to talk about this taboo subject and illustrate how various forms of therapy, including art therapy helps the process of letting go of the pain and moving towards healing. It is to show the success of my own personal journey using art as therapy to no longer be stuck with pain of abuse, and to give hope to victims and parents/guardians of abused children that a fulfilled life can be lived after such a trauma if help in the form of treatment is sought”.
Ibrahim Gailani is a self-taught contemporary artist who’s journey to art is a path embarked upon through a collage of rebellion, debate, redemption, and a search for inner strength! Able to paint since the age of 5, Gailani perused a business degree on parental pressures, and after twenty years later as a top executive in the corporate world, he turned to painting after a gap of 20 years. Gailani refers himself as the “debating artist” who comments on struggles of individuals and society. He is an activist for cancer awareness and the fight to stop child exploitation and Child Abuse.
Gailani lives in Muscat, Oman where he operates his studio and a gallery of his work from his home. He also manages and markets art related events on a freelance basis. He is a member of Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA) and the managing director for Fusionart International Middle-East Centre which is an art movement by Iranian-born American artist Rassouli.
“The exhibition will be inaugurated jointly by artist Gailani and psychotherapist H.H. Sayyida Basma Al Said by a unique lighting of lamps; one in honor of the silent victims of abuse, one as a symbol of a new fight against child abuse with new initiative to prevent this, and one in honor of recently passed Bait Al Zubair Museum director Sarah White who was instrumental in bringing Whispers of Serenity and artist Gailani together for this project. At the exhibition a special Facebook page will be launched aimed at reaching children and counseling parents on Child Abuse awareness. The exhibition will be for 1 night only on Saturday 20th April at 7:30 p.m.”
UPDATE: Due to a huge turnout yesterday, “I am CHILD” exhibition is extended for 1 more day – 21 Apr from 10:00 a.m to 1 p.m & from 4:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m.