The current pandemic has greatly affected our lives, ushering us towards a “new normal,” whether we like it or not. Fortunately, we are starting to see a silver lining, with several vaccines now being introduced — a huge step towards overcoming this global “battle.”
Since the beginning of the outbreak, there are people who have bravely stood in the “front lines.” These are the doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, and others who are literally risking their lives so that everyone may be saved and protected. Recently, a group of Filipino artists in Qatar have come together and launched a virtual exhibit dedicated to these noble “frontliners.”
Pinoy Artists Launch “Painting the New Normal” Exhibit
The Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, in coordination with the Philippine Embassy in Qatar and the National Committee for Culture and Arts (NCAA), has launched “Painting the New Normal,” a virtual exhibit dedicated to frontliners, The Peninsula Qatar reported.
The virtual exhibit showcases 30 paintings by Filipino artists in Qatar. Running for the entire month of December 2020, the exhibit is available for viewing through the Katara website.
The paintings pay tribute to the members of what is now being called as “the white army.” These are the healthcare professionals, sanitation workers, and other people — both in the Philippines and abroad — who are in the frontlines of this global war against the pandemic.
According to the participating artists, through their art works, they aspire to send positive messages to the public, especially those who are negatively affected by the outbreak.
Indeed, each painting tells a story, featuring an aspect of the “battle” as seen from the frontlines. There are paintings that show the pain and homesickness of frontliners, who want to be with their families but are called to take care of the sick. Meanwhile, some paintings share messages of hope and looking forward to a new beginning for the world.
Check out this sample of the beautiful paintings featured in the virtual exhibit:
For more information about “Painting the New Normal” exhibit and to view all the paintings, take the virtual tour through Katara’s official website.
Aside from the current exhibit, Katara has featured works by Qatari and resident artists since the beginning of the outbreak. These include “Clash of Cultures” by Hassan Talib Al-Silat, “The Land of the Good” by Ali Dasmal Al-Kuwari, “The Result” by Fatima Al-Nuaimi, “Women in Fashion” by Sohbi, and “The Colors of the Desert” by a group of artists.
If you love looking at art works, you will surely appreciate the paintings showcased in “Painting the New Normal” exhibit. Keeping in line with social distancing and safety protocols, the exhibit is available online, for everyone to see from the safety of their homes.