Ahmed Nouh

Ahmed Nouh was born in Doha in 1972. He studied for over four years at  the Visual Arts Center in the Department of Drawing and Painting with D. Mustafa Essa. Nooh is a member of the Souq Waqif Art Center, Qatar Fine Arts Society, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Fire Station in Doha  leading him to a subsequent residency at Cité International des Arts in Paris. His first solo exhibition titled, “Traces of Life,” premiered in January 2019 as part of his artist residency at Cité Internationale des Arts. 

He has explored a wide range of materials throughout his practice, including burned books — a medium he used as a means of commenting on the diminishing practice of reading physical books in today’s society. He reflects on how the act of burning books has been used to condemn social, political and cultural oppositions. Transforming the burnt material, the artist recognizes the profound value of books, and aims to shed light on reading as a positive aspect of human development.

In early 2000, he realized a powerful installation of 16 textiles richly decorated with calligraphy, a tribute to Pre-Islamic poetry, which he followed in 2007 with a publication of “Poème Suspendu” (Mu’Allaqât), edited in both French and Arabic languages, (cf. Editions Alterna). According to tradition these poems were originally written on silk weavings that hun

Nooh’s works have been acquired by various private collections, and has collaborated with institutions such as Katara Art Center, Doha Harbour Authority, Ashgal, Qatar Foundation, Hamad Hospital, and the Doha Fire Station, in addition to his exhibitions at al markhiya gallery. Today, he has had multiple solo and group exhibitions, participated in two biennales, and won several art prizes. He currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar

g suspended and floating on the walls of the Kaaba. Written before the Koran, the poems are considered among the founding texts of Arabic language and culture.  All the great Arabic poets are represented in Akar’s work: from Ibn Arabî to Nizar Kabbani, from Ibn Al-Roumi to Abou-el-Kacem Chabbi to the renowned Mahmoud Darwich – Akar celebrates all of them in his art, on paper as well as on canvas. He currently lives and works in Paris.

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