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AUK Library Inaugurates "Kuwait Through My Eyes"

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) library hosted its first photography exhibition on Wednesday, March 13th under the theme "Kuwait Through My Eyes".

The 2-day photography gallery held a total of 24 artworks exhibited by six Kuwaiti renowned photographers; AbdulAziz Al-Asousi, Eman Jamal, Ibrahim Al-Farhan, Ali Al-Zaidi, Shaimaa Al-Arada, and Yaqoub Al-Kandari.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to inaugurate the event, during which AUK Provost Nizar Hamzeh and Asmaa Al Kanaan, the AUK Library Director congratulated the library staff and welcomed the public attendees.

The displayed photographs showcased various representations of Kuwait featuring tradition, people, buildings, celebrations, and Kuwait's major moments such as the fireworks on Kuwait's 50th constitution anniversary. The shots encompassed inspiration, passion, timing, perception and emotion.

Other creative works included a shot of wisps of smoke rising from a light bulb carrying the colors of the Kuwaiti flag. The photo was meant to show "the light of Kuwait" as photographer Eman Jamal expressed. Another image showed vibrant splashes of paint carrying the colors of the Kuwaiti flag, dancing to sound vibrations through a speaker creating a stunning formation of colored sound waves.

Students and faculty appreciated the artworks, and the photographers were glad to share their vision of Kuwait with them.

"I am very glad to have the first art exhibition in the library. We want to appeal to art and design faculty and students, as we would like to build relationships with various departments," said Al-Kanan. She also hopes to plan bigger exhibitions in the future.

Dean Nizar Hamzeh cutting the ribbon for the photography exhibition

Dean Nizar Hamzeh commenting on Abdulaziz Al-Asousi's photos

Photographer, Yaqoub Al-Kandari explains one of his photos to Dean Hamzeh and library director, Asma Al-Kanan

Photographer, Ali Al-Zaidi explains his photographs to AUK students

Photographer, Eman Jamal describes her photos to Dean Hamzeh and Ms. Al-Kanan

AUK students, faculty and staff browsing the photographs

Photographers with Chair of English Language and Literature, Dr. Craig Loomis

Yaqoub Al-Kandari receiving a certificate of appreciation

Shaymaa Al-Arada receiving a certificate of appreciation

Eman Jamal receiving a certificate of appreciation

Ibrahim Al-Farhan receiving a certificate of appreciation

Abdulaziz Al-Asousi receiving a certificate of appreciation

Ali Al-Zaidi receiving a certificate of appreciation

Group photo of photographers with library staff and Dean Hamzeh

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 18th March 2013

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2013

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