By Tamjid al-Kohali
According to the European Union’s official website, the head of the European Union Delegation, Ambassador Bettina Muscheidt, hosted on Monday the first of a series of EU events celebrating Yemeni art and music. The event included an exhibition of paintings and photographs, music, poetry and the screening of two short films by young Yemeni film-makers.
Ambassador Bettina Muscheidt, said “I am extremely pleased the EU Delegation is sponsoring this event, which gives us the opportunity to celebrate young Yemeni talents. This is a humble contribution by the EU to recognise and promote the role of art and culture during this historic transition period Yemen is going through.”
The art exhibition included paintings and sculptures by Nasser al-Aswadi and photographs by Ibi Ibrahim, Thana Faroq, Osama al-Eryani, Eman al-Awami, Addulrahman Jaber, and Hanan Ishaq, with music by Bashir Rami and poetry by Wadhah al-Jaleel. Two short films by Salim Ismael and Daris Qaed were also screened.
Nasser al-Aswadi expressed to National Yemen the importance of his participation in the EU Delegation event, saying, “this event is one of the most important experiences in his art life, for it’s a way to make his artwork known by a large number of people in Yemen and across the world as well.
At the event, al-Aswadi displayed paintings that discuss different issues regarding religion, daily life, politics, hope and love. Al-Aswadi’s paintings were made of using oil paints, abajment and iron.
Al-Aswadi also remarked, “my life in France affected my artistic life positively. France is the main reason I completed my art journey successfully, for France is the center of the art world.”
Al-Aswadi added that art in Yemen still needs more work and interest. He hopes one day he can add something to the art movement in Yemen.
The event was attended by the visiting EU Director for the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, Christian Berger. Yemeni artists, officials, journalists and members of the diplomatic community also attended the celebration.