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AUK Professor Andersen Participates in 50/20 Exhibition

Professor William Andersen, Assistant Professor of Studio Arts/Graphic Design at the American University of Kuwait participated in Sultan Gallery's 50/20, a two-part exhibition featuring a new generation of artists who are challenging the construction of history through visual practice.

Sultan Gallery invited a number of artists, curators and similarly occupied individuals to superimpose their own visions of history in this exhibition commemorating 50 years of sovereignty within the State of Kuwait. The month-long exhibit was held in February of 2011, with one opening on February 1st, and the second on February 15th beginning at 7pm. A range of mediums were utilized by the various artists including video, photography, sound, sculpture, installations, and even the incorporation of design for debate as an aesthetic in art. Works ranged from individual histories, to folk, fiction, and secularist landscapes that combat stereotypes, stigmas, and dogmas.

Professor Andersen's work, titled Kuwait 50, celebrates the 50 years of an independent Kuwait with each individual piece in his installation symbolizing an aspect of Kuwait as seen from an outsider's eyes looking in. His work conflates abstract designs inspired by Islamic floral and geometric patterns with cartography, calligraphy, contemporary pop iconography, and historic photos of Kuwait to represent the constellation of diverse races, religions, histories, architecture, scenery, economies, peoples, and politics that make up Kuwait today.

Professor Andersen stated that it was a great honor to be asked to participate in a professional exhibit like this especially since he was one of the only non-Kuwaiti artists exhibiting.

Sultan Gallery said the body of work being shown in this exhibition acts as a kind of historiographical analysis over the development of the State of Kuwait in relation to the rest of the world. Artists here explore a number of topical, socio-political issues that analyze how argument [tradition] shifts over time in response to the changing conditions of market and state [flux].



From left to right, Mr. Hossain Afsar, Ms. and Mr. Samer Khanachet from the AUK Board of Trustees, and Professor William Andersen


Professor William J. Andersen's work on display at the Sultan Gallery



Visitors to Sultan Gallery view Professor William Andersen's work


Released by the PR & Marketing Department on the 21st February 2011


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