Muscat: The Centre Franco-Omanais (French-Omani Centre) opened its new exhibition space with a show by Omani artist Dr. Mona Al Baiti on Tuesday evening. Titled 'Kingdom of the Sun', the work was a collection of collages combining paper and paint dedicated to the many people who have touched her life, and together create what she considers to be a harmony among people regardless of their backgrounds. She said collage represents a way to creating a union out of composition, re-composition, construction and reconstruction.
"Each fragment of an image carries its characteristics, origins, differences and its reasons for being here or there, but finally we all live in harmony together. One completes the other, in a neighbourhood, a reunion like one single body. The collage instils a totality in harmony and peace," Mona said about her work.
Mona's work filled the walls of Muscat's newest gallery space and shared the stories of her travels and the many people who have touched her life. Each person, place, society, culture and history that she has come across have their own special light which she tried to portray in her collages.
Mona's work was chosen to launch the new gallery because although she is originally from Sur, the artist studied in France. She got her Bachelors and Master's degrees from the Ecole Supérieure de Beaux Arts of Brest, and her PhD from the Sorbonne.
"The director of the centre wanted to support young talent, and we decided to begin with Man because she is Francophone and a Francophile," explained Sonia Perraud, Cultural Coordinator at the French-Omani Centre.
The gallery space was an unused room that was transformed into a gallery so that the centre could support artists, both Omani and French. Each month there will be a different exhibition, Sonia added.
Mona's exhibition, which will be displayed until April 10, was inaugurated by Dr. Hamood Khalfan Al Harthy, Undersecretary for Education and Curricula at the Ministry of Education, and Yves Oudin, the Ambassador of France to Oman.